If you want to place items outside your shop or business, you need to apply for a Commercial Street Furniture Permit. This is to make sure footpaths are kept clear for pedestrians and don't obstruct traffic or Council property.

Street furniture items include:

  • portable signs
  • goods and products for sale
  • tables and/or chairs
  • planter boxes
  • umbrellas
  • heaters
  • pointer boards.

Commercial Street Furniture Guidelines

The Commercial Street Furniture Guidelines provide more information about street furniture rules and restrictions. When you are granted a permit, you must follow the Commercial Street Furniture Permit conditions.

Rules and restrictions for placing items on the footpath include:

  • minimum kerb clearances
  • legal ways to display your street furniture
  • portable and real estate sign standards
  • temporary cafe and community barbecue rules.

How to apply

Step 1: Submit your application

Complete the Application for a Commercial Street Furniture Permit and submit to Council offices.

Include in your application:

  • the signature of the business owner
  • a current copy of the business registration certificate
  • a completed map of the intended location of the furniture (excluding A-frame and pointer board applications)
  • a certificate of current public liability insurance – minimum of $20 million
  • full payment (including application fee and permit cost).

Applications take 10 business days to process.

Note: if you pay the application and permit cost in full, you can place your furniture on the street before you receive your permit. Furniture placement is subject to change.

Fees

Type Fee

First-time application (non-refundable fee)

$80.00

Transfer application (for example, shop relocation with no changes to licence)

$80.00

Real estate agent signs (pointer boards)

$618 per year, per company

Portable signs
Display of goods
Cafes
Barbecues and food sampling

Per square metre*

Directory boards and fingerboards

$392 one-off, per entry

*Per square metre fee is based on the unimproved capital value of the median price of the land within the shopping centre (location) multiplied by 5 per cent, but with a fee cap of $298 per square metre. The minimum fee per square metre is $136.

Location fees

Location Fee

Burke Road, Camberwell

$298

Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

$228

All other areas

$136

Step 2: Council inspection

When we've received your application and payment, a Council officer will contact you to organise a time to inspect the footpath, to make sure your street furniture meets all requirements within the guidelines.

Step 3: Application approval

If your street furniture meets the guidelines, we'll send you an invoice for the permit cost (if you did not pay the fee upfront). If you paid the fee upfront and have overpaid, you'll receive a refund.

Once your payment is received, we'll post you a permit.

You must clearly display your permit on the front door or window of your business.

Permit renewals

We'll post you an option to renew your permit along with an invoice, 6 weeks before your permit is due to expire.

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