Footpath trading

Street Cafe Council aims to provide a safe environment for people who move through the city. Part of this responsibility requires Council to provide a clear path for all people to move along footpaths.

Council also has a legal responsibility for the regulation of trading activities in public places. Council is committed to ensuring access for people to move along footpaths with good access and as a minimum, to meet the requirements of the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (1992).

A Public Space Licence is required if you wish to place tables and chairs, an advertising sign, display goods, planter boxes, umbrellas, screens or promotional items on the footpath. This licence is required under Council’s Footpath Trading Policy and under General Local Law 2016.

In September 2013, Council adopted formal guidelines to help assess a business’s suitability for a Public Space Licence, which will consider issues such as proximity to residents and other business and liquor licence conditions.

The guidelines appear below:

docx format Guidelines for Consideration of Application for Footpath Trading Permits (59.17 KB)
pdf format Guidelines for Consideration of Application for Footpath Trading Permits (110.98 KB)

Public Space Licence Fees

    
    (01/07/16 – 30/06/2017)
Application/Inspection Fee (Non-refundable)          GST Free          

$50.00

 

Items on Footpath:

 

(01/10/15 – 30/09/16)

Advertising Sign - per sign (licensed) GST Free $165.00
Advertising Sign - per sign (unlicensed) GST Free $112.00
Goods Display GST Free $382.00
Heaters GST Free $100.00
Planter Boxes/Tubs GST Free $50.00
Awnings GST Free $200.00
Other miscellaneous items GST Free $50.00

 

Tables & Chairs:

   
Licensed Premises - per table less than 800mm GST Free $74.00
Licensed Premises - per table greater than 800mm GST Free $85.00
Unlicensed Premises - per table less than 800mm GST Free $74.00
Unlicensed Premises - per table greater than 800mm GST Free $85.00
Licensed Premises - per chair GST Free $68.00
Unlicensed Premises - per chair GST Free $20.00
Real Estate Sign License GST Free $740.00
Mobile Food Vans – Normal Rate GST Free $2,400.00
Mobile Food Vans – Concession Rate GST Free $1,700.00

 

Temporary Public Space Licences

  (01/07/16-30/06/17)
Busking Permit GST Free $13.00
General Permits GST Free $314.00
Temporary Public Space licence GST Free $62.00
Temporary Public space licence - Promotional Short Term (1) 0-3 days GST Free $100.00
Temporary Public space licence - Promotional Short Term (2) 3-7 days where admin/detailed review required GST Free $160.50

A Frame signage for footpath trading

 An individual advertising sign must not exceed 600mm wide or an overall height of 1000mm including legs.

Licence conditions

There are a number of conditions that must be met when applying to place items on the footpath.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • No items are permitted on the building line of your property.  This area is a designated walkway zone.  All items must be placed towards the kerbside in the designated trading zone.  Further information regarding walkway, trading and kerbside zones can be found in Council’s Footpath Trading Policy (see link below).
  • Placement of items must follow the guidelines supplied with the permit.
  • Access to other businesses or services must not be blocked.  A .5 metre clearance area must be maintained on either side of your business to allow clear access for pedestrians.
  • Any structures must be safe and have an acceptable appearance.
  • Councils’ public seats must not be blocked or obstructed.
  • No items are permitted to be placed within the area of a tram stop or within five metres of s 'super tram stop'
  • No touting, spruiking or soliciting is allowed.

An authorised officer may remove or impound any goods or structures that do not meet these requirements. 

Please read Council’s Footpath Trading Policy for all conditions associated with applying for a Public Space Licence.

Footpath zones

Walkways must extend out from the building line and provide a safe, clear and consistent pathway to meet the needs of a range of users, including parents with prams, pet owners and people of all ages and abilities.  In order to achieve this, any street furniture, signs, trader’s activities or displays should be placed towards the kerbside, not along the property line.

To provide a clear and suitably unobstructed footway for pedestrian access, there are three main functions of each footpath:

  • Walkway zone
  • Trading activity zone
  • Kerbside zone.

The size of these zones will vary depending on the width of the footpath.

Walkway zone

The walkway zone extends from the property line to allow suitable passage by footpath users.  This area of the footpath must be kept free from any items or structures at all times. 

Trading activity zone 

This is the only area of the footpath where the placement of goods, café furniture and ancillary items may be authorised. 

Kerbside zone

A minimum buffer of clear footpath must be provided from the kerb to allow for access to and from parked vehicles, including loading zones.  Where there is a disabled parking bay, the setback from the kerb will need to be greater.  This area of the footpath must be kept free from any items or structures at all times. 

How do I identify the various footpath “zones”?

Total footpath width Less than 3.5 metres wide 3.5 metres and wider
Walkway zone Minimum 1.5m from property line towards kerb Minimum 1.8m from property line towards kerb
Trading activity zone Remaining area once kerbside zones are identified       Remaining area once kerbside zones are identified
Walkway zone Minimum 0.4m from the kerb of the road Minimum 0.4m from the kerb of the road
 

Minimum 1.5m if a disabled parking space adjoins the footpath
Minimum 0.7m if a loading zone adjoins the footpath.

Minimum 1.5m if a disabled parking space adjoins the footpath
Minimum 0.7m if a loading zone adjoins the footpath.

Forms and Guides

How to prepare your application

Follow the steps below to prepare your application for a Public Space Licence:

  • Download a copy of the application form (above)
  • Arrange public liability insurance (in the form of a Certificate of Currency) for $10 million and detailing coverage that extends to all items placed on footpath in accordance with Council’s Footpath Trading Policy
  • Submit a site plan detailing all items to be placed on the footpath, including the dimensions of the items and any Council infrastructure, such as bins, benches, poles, parking signs
  • Provide a copy of your approved Liquor Licence and Red Line Plan (if applicable) issued by the Victorian Commission for Gambling & Liquor Regulation.
  • Provide a cheque or money order for the applicable application fee (Alternatively an invoice for this fee can be sent to you via email and payment can be made online).
  • Sign and date the application form and return to Council. 

How to lodge your application

You may lodge your application in person at any of our Customer Service Centres. All three centres are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm:

  • Richmond Town Hall – 333 Bridge Road, Richmond
  • Collingwood Town Hall – 140 Hoddle Street, Collingwood
  • Connie Benn Centre – 160 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

 Alternatively you can post the application with a cheque or money order for payment to City of Yarra, PO Box 168, Richmond, 3121, or email your application to info@yarracity.vic.gov.au. 

Application Approval

  • Once the completed application and application fee have been received, the information will be forwarded to an authorised officer for assessment.
  • If your application is successful, Council will invoice you the relevant annual licence fee.
  • As soon as you pay the annual licence fee you may place your approved items on the footpath. 
  • Council will then send you your Public Space Licence and sticker.
  • This Licence must be renewed by 30 September each year. Renewals will be sent to you prior to this date. 
  • Ensure you submit your signed renewal along with any changes to your current contact details prior to 30 September.

Varying an existing Footpath Trading Licence

  • Download a copy of the application form (above) – No application fee required.
  • Provide a current copy of your public liability insurance (in the form of a Certificate of Currency) for $10 million and detailing coverage that extends to all items placed on footpath in accordance with Council’s Footpath Trading Policy.
  • Submit a site plan detailing all items to be placed on the footpath, including the dimensions of the items and any Council infrastructure, such as bins, benches, poles, parking signs.
  • Provide a current copy of your approved Liquor Licence and Red Line Plan (if applicable) issued by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.
  • Sign the application form and return to Council. 

 


Further information
City of Yarra
9205 5555
info@yarracity.vic.gov.au

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