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Footpath trading permit

Footpath trading permit

If you are operating a business within Moonee Valley and wish to place items on the footpath, you may be required to obtain a Footpath Trading Permit.

Footpath trading permits are required for:

  • street activation ( umbrellas, pot and planter boxes)
  • display of goods ( fruit and veg, flowers)
  • advertising
  • outdoor dining

The Footpath Trading Policy is designed to balance the needs of both pedestrians and businesses. it aims to improve access and safety for shoppers, people with disability, and people with prams, while at the same time assisting businesses and enhancing the vibrancy of our popular shopping strips.

Apply for a fast-tracked footpath trading permit (November 2021 – June 2022)

To further support retailers a process has been established to take advantage of footpath trading without having to progress a formal footpath trading permit application. This arrangement is for the 21/22 financial year only and there are no fees associated with it. Click here for more information.

NOTE: If you are applying for fixed glass café screens, you will need to apply for a formal Footpath Trading Permit first by submitting a small business application form.

The single application form has been developed to assist business owners in applying for one or more permits from Council. If you would like any information or assistance in setting up your small business, you can contact our Economic Development unit on 9243 8866 or email business@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Please note that there is currently a delay in posting footpath trading permit stickers.

2021/2022 Footpath Trading Fees are as follows; 

Public Art Free
Umbrellas Free
Outdoor Heater Free
Café Screens* Free
Street Activation ( pots and planter boxes) Free
Restricted Display of Goods ( Fruit and Veg or Plant and Flowers) $580
Advertising Signs and other small structures $205

*note: that if you are applying for fixed café screens, a fee will apply to your minor works application which is required prior to the implementation of any fixed screens.

Footpath Trading Policy 2018

The main changes from the 2015 policy are around the provision of street markers, charity collectors, and the calculation of fees in order to make footpath trading more accessible and fairer to all traders.See the Footpath Trading Policy 2018 (pdf, 264KB).

Please also note that as part of the new Footpath Trading Policy 2018 Council has altered the Fee Structure associated with Outdoor Dining (placement of Tables and Chairs). The Fee will be based on the measurement of the frontage of your business,

Storage frontage 0-3.99m $420
Store Frontage 4-4.99m $525
Store Frontage 5-5.99m $630
Store Frontage 6-6.99m $735
Store frontage 7m or more $945
Store frontage Dual frontage $945
Partial use of store frontage** Determined upon assessment of application

**Where an area is interrupted by public infrastructure or where Council agrees to an area being used in a reduced capacity.

For more information, contact our Council on 9243 8888.

Request for Waiver of 21/22 Footpath Trading Permit Fee

In an effort to support local businesses who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Council has approved a Footpath Trading Fee waiver process for the 2021/22 registration year.

Businesses are required to complete a Footpath Trading Permit Fee Waiver Application Form and supply supporting documentation of financial hardship in accordance with Council’s Financial Hardship during States of Emergency Guidelines. This supporting documentation will need to demonstrate that operating revenue has been significantly impacted due to COVID and this may be done by producing documents such as bank statements or other form of business takings data or in the case of a café or restaurant, bookings calendar to show reduced patronage. Applications will be assessed on an individual basis. Please note that this form only covers a request for waiver of the current 2021-2022 Footpath Trading Registration year and will not be applied to future or previous years.