Have your say on outdoor trading guidelines

People sitting in the streetside outdoor area of a cafe

‘Outdoor trading’ is where businesses use footpaths and parking bays for dining and shopping. It plays a vital role in fostering a strong local economy and creating welcoming places for the community.

That’s why we’ve drafted new and updated outdoor trading guidelines, and we’d like to hear your feedback via our Engage Boroondara website.

We’re providing more opportunities to trade outdoors and enhancing what we already have available by making it clearer how to do so safely and how to apply for the right permit.

We’re committed to helping our local shopping precincts thrive, as highlighted in the Boroondara Community Plan 2021-31. Outdoor trading can help with that – it can create vibrant shopping strips, attract customers, support business growth and boost the chance of diners finding a seat when eating out.

We also need to ensure outdoor trading is done safely in our public spaces. We need to balance needs and expectations for both businesses and customers, with safety being our priority.

You can have your say on outdoor trading options and guidelines for parklets, footpath trading and outdoor dining structures. Our consultation survey is open until 5pm on Tuesday 20 September.

To learn more about the draft guidelines and have your say, visit our Engage Boroondara website.