Footpath trading

Council aims to provide a safe environment for people who move through the municipality. Part of this aim requires Council to provide a clear unobstructed footpath for all people to move along ensuring that pedestrians can use foothpaths without unreasonable hindrance or danger from trading activities.

Footpath Trading involves the use of public footpaths for commercial purposes within potential trading zone. An annual Footpath Trading Permit issued by Council is required for all trading on the footpath under the City of Stonnington General Local Law 2018 (No.1).

If you are starting, growing or changing a business and unsure about what permits you require. Complete our small business self assessment tool to determine whether a permit is required and learn about the support provided by our business concierge service. Our Business Permit Applications Guidelines may also be useful.

When is a footpath trading permit required?

 An annual footpath trading permit is required for:

  • Tables and chairs
  • A-frame board
  • Goods
  • Queues for licensed venues
  • Real Estate agent signs (pointer boards)

Apply for a footpath trading permit

Application fee can be paid for and application submitted through our eservices.

 Application form for Footpath Trading Permit(PDF, 224KB)

When applying, please ensure you:

  1. provide a completed application form with the receipt of payment for the application fee (see the payment schedule below under 'Fees') - payment can be made by contacting Council on 8290 1333 or at Council's offices. 
  2. agree to comply with the Stonnington footpath trading and awnings policy 2013(PDF, 1MB) and 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 $20,000,000
  4. note, a minimum of 14 days for the assessment is required.

An invoice will be issued upon approval of your application. The permit will only be issued once payment is received.

A-frame boards

The following conditions apply to footpath trading permits issued for the placement of A-frame boards:

  • the current permit sticker must be displayed by the permit holder on the front window of the premises at all times
  • A-frame boards must be no larger than one metre high and 75cm wide
  • it must be placed a minimum off 300mm from the kerb within the Trading Zone, to allow for safe pedestrian and vehicle access
  • A-frame boards must only advertise the business or service provided by the premises to which they relate
  • no A-frame board is permitted on a street corner; they are only to be placed on the kerbside directly in front of the premises
  • before any extension to an existing permit or the issue of a new permit is to be considered, where the premises contains more than one business or service, written permission must first be obtained from the relevant business/property/Body Corporate and provided to Council
  • only one advertising sign per business of any type is usually permitted on the footpath
  • A-frame advertising signage on the footpath will not be permitted for traders located above the ground floor.

Footpath dining

Footpath dining is permitted in all approved areas of Stonnington. Permits are only granted to businesses that hold a registration as a Food Premises.

Fixed footpath dining furniture and barriers are currently not permitted within the municipality.

Goods displayed on the footpath

The display of goods on footpaths is only allowed within the Glenferrie Road(PDF, 248KB) and Chapel Street(PDF, 359KB)  precincts. In locations other than within these two precincts it is prohibited to display goods on the footpath with the exception of fruit and vegetable stands or flower and plant stands. The display of white goods is prohibited across the municipality.

Queuing for licensed venues

Important information for queuing for licensed venues:

  • new premises should incorporate queuing areas within the premises
  • the “roping off” of a section of the footpath adjacent to a licensed venue in order to facilitate the queuing of patrons requires an annual footpath trading permit
  • roped off areas must be located directly adjacent to the building or property line and positioned to allow for the unimpeded access of pedestrians adjacent to any roped off area
  • it is the permit holder’s responsibility to ensure the safe management of patrons queuing at venues
  • night club queue permits will not be issued adjacent to any outdoor dining areas
  • queuing shall only occur adjacent to building line
  • queuing patrons and other passing pedestrian traffic must not under any circumstances be forced from the footpath towards the road carriageway.

Real estate agent signs (pointer boards)

The placement of temporary Real Estate Agent signs (pointer boards) requires a permit. Real Estate agents may be granted a permit for signs (pointer boards) to be placed on the nature strip at or near a property for which the agent is acting. No sign may be placed on the road, on any roundabout, traffic island or garden bed, or where it creates any hazard to pedestrian or vehicle safety.

Important information for real estate agent signs (pointer boards):

  • one permit allows up to 10 signs to be used at any one time
  • signs are only to be placed within two hours of the activity that they are advertising and removed within two hours after the activity they are advertising has ceased
  • ‘corflute’ style pointer boards or similar are not to be attached to any Council controlled assets.


Footpath Trading permit invoices will be emailed and sent in the mail and payment is due within 14 days of invoicing. For current fees, please refer to the Footpath Trading and Local Laws Fee Schedule(PDF, 40KB).

The permit must be renewed annually and renewal payments are due by 1 October each year.

To make an online payment please use are eservices.