Business owners need to apply for a permit to trade outdoors.

This includes if you want to:

  • trade on the footpath
  • set up a parklet
  • set up an outdoor dining structure.

Outdoor Trading Policy

Please read our Outdoor Trading Policy before applying for one of our outdoor trading permits. This policy guides business owners on how to trade outdoors using shared spaces safely and fairly.

This overarching policy supports our:

  • Footpath Trading Guidelines
  • Parklet Guidelines
  • Outdoor Dining Structure Guidelines.

Footpath trading permit

Footpath trading allows business owners to trade on public footpaths in front of their business. To apply for a footpath trading permit, the footpath outside your business needs to be at least 2.4 metres wide.

Footpath trading is made up of 3 zones. This includes the:

  • pedestrian zone
  • trading zone
  • kerbside zone.
 A depiction of the pedestrian zone, trading zone and kerbside zone in between the building and the road.

There are a number of rules you must follow to trade on public footpaths. 

This includes:

  • minimum kerb clearances
  • correct ways to arrange and display your items
  • standards for portable and real estate signs.

Our Footpath Trading Guidelines include more information about the rules you need to follow and the permit application process. 

Please send your application form to [email protected].

Parklet permits

Parklets are parking bays repurposed for outdoor dining. They became popular during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns as government grants to councils were used to help businesses to continue trading.

We offer 2 types of parklet permits to businesses:

  1. Seasonal parklets for a 6-month period between November and April
  2. Annual parklets available for a 12-month period.

You can also apply for a short-term parklet outside of the seasonal program at any time. If you would like to apply for a parklet outside of the seasonal or annual parklet program, you can call our Business Concierge on (03) 9278 4444 or email [email protected].

There are a number of rules you must follow to set up a parklet. For example, parklets must be built with a platform that is level to the footpath next to it. This allows for safe and accessible travel between the parklet and the footpath. Parklets can also only operate with appropriate road safety infrastructure to protect the parklet and people dining outdoors.

Our Parklet Guidelines include more information about the rules you need to follow and the permit application process. 

Please send your application form to [email protected].

Outdoor dining structures permit

Outdoor dining structures build on footpath trading. They are built structures that business owners can use for outdoor dining and leave out at the end of the day. They often feature awnings and a roof to create a semi-enclosed space. You must be able to remove the structure when the permit expires. 

To apply for an outdoor dining structure permit:

  • the footpath outside your business needs to be at least 3 metres wide 
  • the area outside your business can’t have any underground or above ground infrastructure.

There are a number of rules you must follow to set up an outdoor dining structure. For example, horizontal awnings must have a vertical clearance of at least 2.4 metres from the ground to its underside and must not extend over the roadway or a nearby carpark 

Our Outdoor Dining Structure Guidelines include more information about the rules you need to follow and the permit application process. 

Please send your application form to [email protected].

Before you apply

You will need to wait for confirmation from us that you are eligible before you can apply for this permit. 

Please contact us before submitting an application and before you take any other actions to avoid any unnecessary costs and time. For example, we recommend you don’t start working with designers or related building or planning approvals until you have received confirmation from us.

We will confirm if you are eligible to apply for a permit by reviewing your:

  • site plan showing the proposed structure
  • Dial before you Dig assessment certificate.

Where there is public infrastructure under the ground, your site will not be eligible for an Outdoor Dining Structure Permit.

Annual permit fees 

The fees below apply to all 3 outdoor trading permit types in Boroondara and are valid until 30 June 2023. We will review these fees each year as part of our budget process. 

Centres such as Burke Road in Camberwell and parts of Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn are priced differently per square metre. This is due to higher trading returns compared to other shopping centres, more people using the footpath and competing community demands.

Shopping centre precincts Fees
Burke Rd, Camberwell $328.00 per square metre
Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn $252.00 per square metre
All other areas $149.50 per square metre

More information

Creating vibrant shopping precincts and supporting the local economy are key priorities for us. You can read more about the adoption of our Outdoor Trading Policy and Guidelines in our article Building your business with more outdoor trading options.

For more information about outdoor trading permits, you can call us on (03) 9278 4444 or email [email protected].


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