Footpath trading

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

COVID-19 update

We are committed to supporting local businesses in Yarra as trading restrictions continue over the coming months.

This includes looking into all options to create additional space for businesses to utilise, while adhering to social distancing and density quotients.

We are working with the Victorian Government and numerous council departments to provide the best solutions for businesses to create safe outdoor dining experiences within the guidelines.

Something you can do now to prepare for the resumption of outdoor dining, is apply to use your neighbour's footpath trading area for free.

How do I renew my permit?

We understand that footpath trading permits are due for renewal soon. We are currently looking at how we can support all footpath trading permit holders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We'll be in contact soon with all footpath trading permit holders with an update about your renewals.

How do I update my details?

Step 1

Let us know if anything has changed at the business: (for example; contact details, business has closed down, transferred ownership).

Update your details

Step 2

Send us a copy of your public liability (certificate of currency)

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How do I apply for a new footpath trading permit?

Before you apply for a new footpath trading permit please read our Footpath trading policy and guidelines.

You will need to provide:

  • Site plan (mandatory)
  • A copy of your certificate of currency / public liability (mandatory) for $10 million (or more) detailing coverage that extends to all items placed on footpath
  • Any images or supporting documentation for your application

Apply online

How do I pay for my application?

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

Your new permit sticker will be posted to the business address once payment is received. This usually takes 5 business days. 

I'm having trouble submitting my application

Please refer to the Online Public Space Licence user guide if you are having issues with the online application process.

Please note: There is currently a known issue with Chrome that impacts our online forms. If you upgraded your browser during February to March 2020, then you may experience time-out issues when using our forms. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Opening our online forms for more than 15 minutes may result in a time-out, and losing information entered when you press 'submit'. To ensure a form doesn't time out, please prepare the information you want to send to us offline, then cut and paste your information into the form.

If you press ‘submit’ and don't receive an acknowledgment email with a reference number, please email

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