Businesses wanting to use footpaths for commercial activities - such as placing tables and chairs, displaying goods and placing A-Frame advertising signs on footpaths - must hold a Footpath Trading Permit. Footpaths less than 2.5 metres wide can not be used for footpath trading.
Our Street Activities Policy and Guidelines 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 Street Activities Policy, Guidelines and any conditions specified on the Footpath Trading permit.
Our Street Activities Policy and Guidelines aims to:
When applying for a Footpath Trading Permit, which includes table and chairs, display of goods and A frame signs, the following steps must be followed:
Please specify exact square metreage on application form if you wish to display goods, along with appropriate payment
We accept cheque, cash, credit card or EFTPOS, but mailed applications can only be paid by cheque at City of Whittlesea Locked Bag 1, Bundoora MDC VIC 3083.
Businesses applying for a permit to place Tables and Chairs, Display of Goods and A-Frame advertising signs on the footpath must adhere to the following conditions:
We will respond to your application within 3-5 business days and we will advise whether an inspection of the site is required before approving the permit. Due to Council's commitment to supporting local businesses during the pandemic, we will endeavour to process any new Footpath Trading application within 24-48 hours.
The permit expiry date is displayed on your Footpath Trading permit. A renewal letter and/or email will be sent out to the permit holder 2-3 weeks before the permit is to expire.
You must submit a new copy of your public liability insurance with your renewal application. You can renew your permit in the following ways:
Under the State Governments Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package, The City of Whittlesea would like to advise all businesses who currently hold a Footpath Trading permit, you can now apply to use your neighbour’s Footpath Trading Zone to Display your A-Frame advertising sign, Tables and Chairs and Display of Goods.