Footpath trading permits

Our Footpath Trading Policy is designed to balance the needs of both pedestrians and businesses. 

The policy aims to improve access and safety for shoppers, people with disability, and people with prams, while at the same time reducing costs and red tape for businesses and enhancing the vibrancy of our popular shopping strips.

For further details, view the Footpath Trading Policy (pdf, 245KB) or contact our Economic Development team on 9243 8866 or email business@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Footpath trading permits are required for:

  • Street activation
  • Display of goods
  • Advertising
  • Outdoor dining

Key elements of the policy

Street activation permits

We have introduced a new category of street activation permits. These free permits support place making activities on our streets. Businesses can apply for one of these permits to put plants, public art and creative installations out the front of their businesses. Street activation permits are free although a permit is required.

Display of goods permits

Display of goods permits will no longer be issued with the exception of fruit and vegetable stands, and flower and plant stands. All other current permits will be cancelled as of 30 June 2015. Our Economic Development team are keen to work with effected traders to explore alternative options to grow your business.

Advertising

We have removed the tight restrictions on the type of advertising businesses can place out the front of business to signal they are open from just A-frames to incorporate any kind of attractive signage. Just tell us your idea and we’ll consider it.

Outdoor dining

There are a number of changes to the rules governing footpath dining permits designed to reduce red tape and simplify the application process.

The new policy removes the restrictive design elements and the limitation on the number of seats allowed in a footpath dining area which was set to ‘a maximum of 20 per cent of overall ‘on premises’ seating capacity’. We recognised this presented an unnecessary restriction for businesses and their ability to trade to their full potential.

The new policy is also more transparent, introducing a flat fee for outdoor dining permits, streamlining the application process and ensuring businesses can easily calculate the cost of the permit up front.

Other major changes

Footpath zones - The old footpath trading policy used a complicated matrix of footpath widths and volume of pedestrian traffic to calculate the minimum pedestrian zone which proved unnecessarily complex for traders and council officers alike to interpret. The new policy simplifies this by providing two minimum pedestrian zones.

On major arterial roads, namely Puckle Street and Mt Alexander Road in Moonee Ponds, Union Road Ascot Vale, Racecourse Road Flemington and Keilor Road Niddrie which have high pedestrian traffic, the larger 1.8m width is in place to ensure that the streets are accessible and comfortable for pedestrians.

On other streets there is a smaller minimum pedestrian zone of 1.2m which meets disability compliance requirements whilst allowing for traders to utilise the footpath to create a vibrant street precinct.

Apply for a permit

Simply complete a Footpath trading permit application (pdf, 144KB).

Permit fees for 2017/2018:  

Item Cost

Public Art  

Free 

Pots and planter boxes 

Free 

Children’s rides 

$137

Fruit and Veg or Plant and Flower 

$550

Advertising signs and other small structures and displays  

$187

Nightclubs queues 

$226 

Tables and chairs 

$550 

Umbrellas 

Free 

Café screens 

Free 

Outdoor heaters 

Free 

Last updated: Monday, 25 September 2017, 11:58 PM