Wyndham City’s Community Amenity Local Law (2015) prohibits items being placed on the footpath for business and commercial purposes unless a permit has been granted. The permit will allow you to place items on the footpath provided you comply with the Footpath Trading Policy and Guidelines and the permit conditions.
A permit will allow you to place items on the footpath such as:
- tables and chairs
- A-frame signs and screens
Within the application form you can also apply to use the footpath in front of neighbouring businesses (with their agreement).
A permit is not a tenancy arrangement and the permit may specify conditions such as hours of use, the duration of the permit and types of items permitted. In some circumstances e.g. narrow footpaths, Wyndham City may not issue a permit. Wyndham City reserves the right to revoke the permit should the public space be required for any other purposes or if the conditions of use are not being complied with.
To support recovery during COVID-19, Council is
- Waiving Footpath Trading Permit fees until 31 August 2021
- Footpath Trading Permits approved during this time will extend to 31 August 2021
- Fast-tracking review of applications, with target review of 5 business days.
Find out more about options for extending Outdoor Dining and Trading in Wyndham
Read through the Public Health and Food Safety Guide which includes important information about the Victorian Government’s social distancing and density requirements.
Businesses may also be eligible for Victorian Government Grants of up to $5,000 to assist with purchasing practical items such as umbrellas and furniture.
Charities and Not-For-Profit Organisations
If the business is a not-for-profit or charitable organisation with documentation verifying their status they will not have to pay an application fee.
Common Expiry Date
All Footpath Trading Permits are valid until 31 August each year. You will need to apply for a Footpath Trading Permit each year if you want to place items on the footpath for business and commercial purposes.
Submitting an Application
You need to download, complete and submit a Footpath Trading Permit Application Form, a site plan detailing the proposal, evidence of current public liability insurance and any building or town planning permits that may be required. You will then be required to renew your permit prior to the expiry date.