To place items outside your shop or business, you need to apply for a footpath trading permit. This is to make sure footpaths are kept clear for pedestrians and don't obstruct traffic or access to properties.

COVID-19 outdoor trading reopening

To support your business in recovering from COVID-19, we have committed to fast-tracking your application for a footpath trading permit.

If you already have a footpath trading permit, you can apply to extend your footpath trading space.

We have waived fees relating to footpath trading until 30 September 2021.

How we assess your application

We will assess your application to make sure there are no impacts on:

  • vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow and safety
  • streetscape, appearance and urban design of the area
  • public health and safety
  • any proposed traffic improvements

We will also check that it adheres to the current building and planning schemes.

Rules for using the footpath

Our guidelines document provides more information about footpath trading rules and restrictions. These include:

  • minimum kerb clearances
  • correct ways to arrange and display your items
  • standards for portable and real estate signs
  • rules for temporary cafe and community barbecue

When you are granted a permit, you must make sure to follow the permit conditions.

When can you use the footpath?

Once you have submitted your application, you can place your items on the footpath. Item placement is subject to change once your outdoor floor plan is finalised.

Step 1: Submit your application

Complete the application form then email it to [email protected] with "Footpath trading permit - local laws" in the subject line.

Include in your application:

  • a current business registration certificate
  • a current certificate of public liability insurance for a minimum of $20 million

Applications may take 10 business days to process.

Step 2: Review and design

When we’ve received your application, we will calculate the trading zone area and help you design an outdoor floor plan. This plan will ensure that your items and their placement meets the guidelines.

Step 3: Approval

If your application meets the guidelines, we will send you the permit in the mail.

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 before your permit is due to expire.

Extending your footpath trading space

If you already have a footpath trading permit, you can apply for an extension to your footpath trading space. The process will take approximately 3 days.

Before you apply, consider the following:

  • Is the footpath wider than the legal minimum of 2.3m for outdoor dining? This allows 1.5m for people who are walking past, 0.8m for trading and a 0.6m kerbside zone.  
  • Is the footpath clear from loading zones, disabled parking, tram and bus stops?
  • Are your neighbouring businesses happy to support your application?

Download extension of footpath trading space permit application

More information

For further information please contact us on 9278 4949 or email [email protected]

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