Footpath Trading Permits

CP2_63061_(1).jpgFootpath trading adds colour and interest to the Shire's townships. The increase in footpath dining and display of goods stands, as well as the traditional A–frame signage, has meant that there is a greater demand on the use of our footpaths.

To ensure easy access for pedestrians, all trading activities on public footpaths must have a permit. Trading without a permit may lead to fines and the offender being taken to court. Permits are valid for one year.

Council's footpath trading is separated into four categories and have their own set of specific conditions:

Advertising Signs (A-Frames) (PDF 320kb)

Display of Goods (PDF 323kb)

Outdoor Dining (PDF 330kb)

Service of Alcohol (PDF 326kb)

How to Apply

When applying for a new Footpath Trading Permit the following documents must be lodged with Council together with the appropriate permit fee (see pricing table below):

  • A completed and signed Permit Application
  • A completed and signed Indemnity Form
  • A Site Plan with a sketch or diagram of the proposed trading site.
  • A copy of current Public Liability Insurance policy detailing a minimum of $10 million coverage and the dates covered
  • Copy of current Liquor Licence – if applicable to your business

The Footpath Trading Permit Application Packs provides copies of the appropriate forms, information relating to footpath zones and guidelines on how to prepare your permit application.

Permit Fees

Permit Fee
Non-refundable permit application fee (for new or altered applications) $106.00
Outdoor Dining: Tables and Chairs (including screens, planter boxes, bins, etc) $114.00 per square metre
Advertising Signs (A-frames) $114.00 per sign
Displaying Goods or Services for Sale or Hire $140.00 per square metre

In addition, a 25% discount (capped at $500) is offered to all businesses who are current members of a local trader and/or business association. This discount is for permit fees only.

All permit fees are non-refundable

Need to know more?

If you have any questions about Footpath Trading in your area, please contact our Community Health and Wellbeing Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email

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