Footpath trading licences

Footpath trading is the use of sections of the footpath for commercial activities including outdoor dining and the display of goods and signs.

We are legally responsible for the regulation of trading activities in public places in Yarra and we are committed to ensuring safe access for all people to move along footpaths.

 If you would like to report a footpath trading issue please complete a customer request form.

What do I need to start trading on the footpath?

You need a Public Space Licence and to pay a fee if you wish to place tables and chairs, an advertising sign, display goods, planter boxes, umbrellas, screens or promotional items on the footpath.

Footpath trading policy and guidelines

We have created a footpath trading policy and guidelines to help you prepare and ensure you have considered all the issues such as proximity to residents and other business and liquor licence conditions.

The policy also provides definitions on footpath zones with specific measurements that you must adhere to in accordance with the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (1992). Please ensure you are familiar with the zones, definitions and measurements prior to submitting your application.

Public space licence conditions

There are a number of conditions you must consider when applying to place items on the footpath, including:

  • 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. See our footpath trading policy for further information about:
    • walkway
    • trading activity
    • kerbside zones
  • Placement of items must follow the guidelines supplied to you with the public space licence permit.
  • Access to other businesses or services must not be blocked. A 0.5 metre clearance area must be maintained on either side of your business to allow clear access for pedestrians.
  • Any signs you put up must be safe and appropriate for display in a public place.
  • Our public seats must not be blocked or obstructed.
  • No items are permitted to be placed within the area of a tram stop or within 5 metres of a '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.

What are the public space licence fees?

 

Item on footpath GST Fee
A non refundable application/inspection Fee GST Free $52
Advertising Sign - per sign (licensed) GST Free $170
Advertising Sign - per sign (unlicensed) GST Free $115
Goods Display GST Free $395
Heaters GST Free $103
Planter Boxes/Tubs GST Free $52
Awnings GST Free $205
Other miscellaneous items GST Free $52
General Permits GST Free $322

Tables and chairs

Type of premises GST Fee
Licensed Premises - per table less than 800mm GST Free $76
Licensed Premises - per table greater than 800mm GST Free $87
Unlicensed Premises - per table less than 800mm GST Free $76
Unlicensed Premises - per table greater than 800mm GST Free $87
Licensed Premises - per chair GST Free $70
Unlicensed Premises - per chair GST Free $21

How do I prepare my public space licence application?

Follow the steps below to prepare your application:

Step 1: Download and complete a Public Space Licence Agreement form.

Step 2: Arrange public liability insurance (in the form of a Certificate of Currency) for $10 million detailing coverage that extends to all items placed on footpath in accordance with our Footpath Trading Policy.

Step 3: Prepare a Footpath Trading Site plan detailing all items to be placed on the footpath, including the dimensions of the items and any of out infrastructure, such as bins, benches, poles, parking signs. Use the Footpath Trading Site Plan as a guide.

Step 4: Lodge your application with us.

How do I vary my existing public space licence?

Step 1: Download and complete an application for Variation To An Existing Public Space Licence.

Step 2: Arrange public liability insurance (in the form of a Certificate of Currency) for $10 million detailing coverage that extends to all items placed on footpath in accordance with our Footpath Trading Policy.

Step 3: Prepare a Footpath Trading Site plan detailing all items to be placed on the footpath, including the dimensions of the items and any of our infrastructure, such as bins, benches, poles, parking signs. Use the Footpath Trading Site Plan as a guide.

Step 4: Lodge your application with Yarra City Council.

How do I lodge my application?

You can lodge your application via:

Approval of applications

Once the completed application has been received, your application will be assessed by an authorised officer. If your application is successful, we will send you an invoice for the relevant annual licence fee.

As soon as you pay the annual licence fee you may place your approved items on the footpath. We will then send you your Public Space Licence and sticker.

Public space licence renewals

Your public space licence must be renewed by 30 September each year. A renewal will be sent to you prior to this date. You are required to pay the renewal fee and notify council of any changes or updates if applicable. The new Public Space Licence and sticker will be sent after 30 September.

Temporary public space licences

A temporary public space licence is required if you wish to do any of the following activities on our footpaths, roads, parks and reserves:

  • fundraising collections
  • handing out promotional activity
  • food stall such as a sausage sizzle or cake stall
  • intersection collection
  • community stall at the Gleadell Street market

What are the temporary public space licence fees?

Type GST  Fee 
Temporary Public space licence  GST free $64
Temporary Public space licence - Promotional short term  GST free $103
 Temporary Public space licence - Promotional short term (2) 3-7 days where an admin/detailed review required GST free  $165

Temporary public space licence conditions

There are a number of conditions you must consider when applying to place items on the footpath, road, park or reserve including:

  • A fee is applicable to all non-charitable organisations.
  • This licence is not available for the commercial selling of goods by traders and is only available for fundraising and specific like events.
  • Activities are conducted during normal business hours only, including weekends.
  • Applicants are generally allowed three licence/permits per annum, however in prime sites this may be reduced to one because of the volume of requests.
  • Promotional companies representing the interests of another organisation or company may only receive a maximum of 12 licences per year.
  • In the instance that a stall is to be placed on the footpath, the applicant must obtain written permission from the occupant of that premise outside which it is to be placed.
  • Details of proposed activities must be forward to council at least 10 working days prior to the date of commencement.
  • An out of hours Local Law inspection fee may apply.

How do I prepare my temporary public space licence application?

Follow the steps below to prepare your application:

Step 1: Download and complete an application for Temporary Public Space Licence Agreement form.

Step 2: Attach any applicable information that may be required such as:

  • Letter of permission from occupiers of any premises where you will be placing items on the footpath.
  • Certificate of currency for your public liability insurance, minimum $10 million. Insurance must cover the date of the event and it must name the occupiers of any premises you have permission to place items in front of.
  • If setting up goods on council land a site plan must be provided.
  • If distributing leaflets or a product please supply a waste management plan.
  • Letter of Authority to fundraise if raising funds on behalf of any charitable or non for profit organisation.

Step 4: Lodge your application with us.

How do I lodge my application?

You can lodge your application via:

Approval of applications

Once the completed application has been received, your application will be assessed by an authorised officer. If your application is successful, we will send you an invoice for the relevant temporary licence fee.

When you pay the temporary licence fee you we will issue you the temporary public space permit.

For more information call Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email info@yarracity.vic.gov.au.