Changes to your footpath trading

streetscape in Yarra with multiple people using outdoor dining spaces including parklets


On 1 June 2021, Yarra councillors approved a further $70,000 in waivers to all footpath trading fees for the month of July to help support local business during the recent circuit breaker lockdown.

This builds on Yarra’s $2.5 million business support program, providing direct grants, waivers and refunds to local business during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also complements business support initiatives provided by the Victorian Government during the circuit breaker lockdown.

We will continue to implement changes to our footpath trading program, including making temporary footpath trading spaces permanent and integrating these permits into Yarra’s existing footpath trading system.

Changes introduced to footpath trading from July 2021:

From July, we will be integrating temporary footpath trading permits into our existing system. This will include issuing new permits to all footpath traders which will be valid from 1 July to 30 September.

Businesses with temporary footpath trading spaces will have the option to make these spaces permanent as part of this process.

Council will also resume footpath trading fees for all permit holders from 1 August 2021.

What do the changes mean for individual businesses?

There are two separate processes to renew your footpath trading permit.

  • If you have an existing footpath trading permit and do not have any additional footpath trading space granted under a temporary permit, use the first tab
  • If you have a temporary footpath trading permit or you are an existing permit holder who has extended your footpath trading space during the COVID-19 pandemic, use the second tab
  • If you have a parklet and do not have extended footpath trading you are operating under a different fee structure. Please find more information in the third tab

Not sure? Click here to contact a council officer and discuss your footpath trading permit.