Businesses wanting to use footpaths for commercial activities - such as displaying items for sale, and placing dining tables and chairs on footpaths - must hold a Footpath Trading Permit. Footpaths less than 2.5m wide may not be used for footpath trading.
There are a number of conditions that must be met when using the footpath for trade, including:
Remember that alcohol cannot be served unless you also have a licence issued under the Liquor Control Act 1987.
Our local laws officers can remove or impound any goods or structures that do not meet these conditions.
In some cases, you will also need a planning permit under the Whittlesea Planning Scheme to use the footpath for commercial activities.
For more information, see Apply for a planning permit.
If you are unsure whether you need a planning permit, phone 9217 2236 to check with our Planning Services department.
Complete the following steps to apply for a Footpath Trading Permit:
You can lodge your application in person or by mail.
You must include the following in your application:
To apply in person, bring the above items to our Local Laws counter at the Civic Centre.
Alternatively, you can mail your application and payment details to:
City of Whittlesea
Locked Bag 1
Bundoora MDC VIC 3083
We will respond to your application within 7 days to arrange an inspection of the site before approving the permit.
You must renew your permit before it expires. The permit expiry date is based on the period of time that your public liability insurance is valid.
You must submit a new copy of your public liability insurance with your renewal application. You can renew your permit in the following ways:
Businesses can apply for one A-Frame per ground floor property. Applications for an A-Frame for businesses located upstairs, downstairs or to the rear of the property will be considered. It is unlikely more than one A-Frame per premises where multiple tenants share common access will be approved unless exceptional circumstances allow. The cost of this permit is $85.00.
Properties located at intersections can apply for one A-Frame for each street frontage, at the cost of one application fee.
Businesses applying for a permit to place an A-Frame on the footpath/nature strip must adhere to the following conditions:
Our Footpath Trading Policy guides the management and use of footpaths by the community and businesses.
All retailers that operate a business beside Council-controlled footpaths must abide by the Footpath Trading Policy.
Our policy aims to: