Footpath trading permits

Local business traders who want to use the footpath for commercial activity must apply for a Footpath Trading Permit if they want to:

  • Display advertising signs
  • Have goods for sale or display
  • Operate an outdoor eating area on Council land
  • Serve liquor for consumption in a public place


Step 1.Read the Trading Code of Practice

The Trading Code of Practice ensures for those who live, work and invest within the municipality that the shopping experience remains as enjoyable as possible. It also provides guidance to traders on how they may use the public footpaths in an equitable and safe way.

Trading Code of Practice(PDF, 788KB)

Step 2.Have supporting documents ready

When completing the application you will need to upload:

  • a copy of your current public liability insurance for a minimum of $20 million
  • a copy of your liquor licence (if applicable)
  • a copy of your approved red line plan (if applicable)

Step 3.Have your credit card ready

Please note we only accept Visa or MasterCard.

Step 4.Submit the online form

Apply for a footpath trading permit


Footpath trading 1 Year
2024/25 fees
3 Year
2024-26 fees
Portable advertising signs/banners/flags (max of 2) $80 per sign $240 per sign
Goods for sale or display $80 $240
Outdoor eating facilities $196 $588
Permit to consume alcohol in a public $195 $585

Conditions placed on approved permits

  • The permit holder must maintain a policy of public liability insurance to the value of at least $20 million, during the entire term of the permit
  • Any alterations to the permit must have written authorisation from Council
  • Items placed on the footpath must comply with Council’s Community Local Law No.2
  • Council reserves the right to alter or cancel the permit should any breech occur
  • Items on the footpath must be placed directly outside the premises to which the permit relates
  • There must be a minimum 1.8 metre clearance between the building or property line and anything on the footpath at all times
  • Under no circumstances, should any goods, advertising signs, displays, ancillary items, tables and chairs be placed against the shopfront window
  • There must be a minimum 0.7 metre clearance from the kerbside at all times
  • Advertising signs and displays must be removed from the footpath during extreme weather conditions
  • Advertising signs must be no more than 1.0 metre high and 800 millimetres wide
  • Public seating, rubbish bins and other public facilities must remain accessible at all times
  • All items must be removed from the footpath at the end of each business day