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Footpath Trading

Council has a responsibility to manage activities that have an impact on footpaths by regulating trading activities including the placement of tables and chairs, signs and goods for sale.

All our footpaths must be accessible to everyone, including those with limited mobility, parents pushing prams, people using motorised scooters or those with low vision. Safe pedestrian access is the primary purpose of all footpaths. Other activities such as trading, advertising and street events are secondary.

Owners/occupiers of premises who place items on footpaths within Moira Shire require a footpath trading permit. The Community Safety and Environment Local Law 2013 requires all persons to obtain a permit to place anything on a Council footpath. Permits have conditions which ensure an ‘Accessway’ is provided in accordance with the Footpath Trading Guidelines.

All street furniture, infrastructure, signs, trader’s activities and displays must be located towards the kerb side, not along the building or property line. This allows for pedestrians to move safely along the edge of the shop front.

The Local Law provisions ensure Council fulfils its obligations to provide and manage clear, safe and unobstructed access at all times for pedestrians of all abilities on municipal footpaths in accordance the local government’s statutory responsibilities.

You are advised to contact our Safety and Amenity team on 5871 9222 to discuss your application prior to making a formal application.

From 1 August 2017 smoking will be off the menu in outdoor dining areas when food is available. Smoking will also be banned in all outdoor areas at food fairs and within 10 metres of a food stall or food vendor at an organised outdoor event. For further information please speak with Council’s Environmental Health team on 5871 9222.

Apply for a footpath trading permit

To apply for a permit download the Footpath Trading Application

When applying, please ensure you:

  1. Provide a completed application form with the applicable payment (fees are on the back of the footpath trading application).
  2. Agree to comply with the  Community Safety and Environment Local Law 2013 and Footpath Trading Guidelines and any permit conditions by signing the declaration on your application form.
  3. Provide a certificate of currency in your business name, as part of your Public Liability Insurance policy, with minimum cover of $10,000,000 that covers the footpath trading activity.

Submission of forms and fees can be made in person or by mail as per the application form.

For more information please contact our Safety and Amenity Unit team on 5871 9222.

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