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Outdoor trading

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, we want to reactivate Glen Eira and support our businesses by making it easier for you to apply for the right permits to trade outdoors safely. 

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Glen Eira Community Local Law 2019 requires a Footpath Trading Permit for chairs, tables, windbreaks, display of goods and any associated furniture on footpaths.

Apply for a new Footpath Trading permit

Before you apply for a footpath trading permit, please ensure you've read the Footpath Activities Guidelines.

How do I apply?

Your application must include the following information:

  • Public Liability Insurance Policy with a minimum coverage of $20 million
  • Two clear photographs of the footpath trading area outside your business, taken within the last two weeks.

Once we receive your application, one of our officers will assess it. If your application is successful you'll receive your footpath trading permit via email.

To support your business in recovering from COVID-19, we have committed to fast-tracking your application for a footpath trading permit with an expected turn-around time of four (4) business days. 

What does it cost?

All fees have been waived as part of funded initiatives from Glen Eira City Council and the Victorian Government to support our businesses and community during the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Public fixtures on the footpath

Please consider public infrastructure when choosing a site for your business. Public infrastructure includes things like rubbish bins, public seats, bicycle hoops and planter boxes. The footpath activities guidelines outline the clearances that apply to public infrastructure.

If there's existing infrastructure at the front of your business, you can make a request to remove or relocate it. 

Your removal and/or relocation request should include:

  • your name and contact details
  • the address of your business
  • details of the public infrastructure outside your business (including photos)
  • details of items you wish to place on the footpath (eg. number of tables/chairs etc.)
  • justification for why you believe the infrastructure should be moved/removed.

We assess removal and/or relocation requests on a case-by-case basis and we may refuse your request. 

You must contact us to discuss public infrastructure before you apply for your footpath trading permit. 

Apply for a Parklet

As a part of our continued support of local businesses, we are offering the opportunity for traders to apply for a Parklet installation for Spring 2021 – Summer 2022.

Before you apply for additional outdoor trading, please ensure you've read the Spring/Summer 2021–22 Parklet Program Guidelines

What is a Parklet?

A Parklet is a temporary opportunity for traders to use on-street parking spaces to create an extended outdoor dining area.

Through the Parklet application form you can make a submission to temporarily occupy a parking space with a council supplied and installed structure to provide built in protection for diners and customers.

What does it cost?

There is no cost involved to this process. It is part of a funded initiative from the Victorian Government to support our businesses and community through COVID-19 recovery.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to submit for a Parklet a busines must:

  • Have a Footpath Trading Permit
  • Operate from a commercial premises in a Glen Eira Activity Centre
  • Have written consent from affected neighbouring businesses/property owners – Download a sample consent letter
  • Have written consent from the local Traders Association (if present)
  • Have extended Public Liability insurance that cites Council as an insured party
  • Have extended Public Liability insurance that cites both Council and the Department of Transport if you are making a submission for use of a Parklet located on Hawthorn Road, Murrumbeena Road, Centre Road, North Road and East Boundary Road
  • Be able to provide furniture for the space
  • Commit to the safety, access, amenity and upkeep expectations and requirements in the Guidelines
  • Provide a description of what you would like to use the space for as well as supporting information
  • Provide your proposed operating hours for the parklet to ensure it is extensively utilised.

If you don’t have an existing permit to trade on a footpath, you can apply online for a fast-tracked permit.

Apply for a new Footpath Trading permit

Renew a Footpath Trading permit

Footpath Trading permit: your regular Footpath Trading Permit will need to be renewed annually. You will be sent a renewal statement before your expiry date. 

Additional outdoor trading permit: any additional outdoor trading permits that are granted are temporary measures as outlined in the Glen Eira COVID-19 Public Space Program - Extended Footpath Trading and Parklet Guidelines. There is no renewal period for these temporary permits.  

Guidelines for outdoor trading 

We’ve developed guidelines to give you all the information you need before you apply for a Footpath Trading Permit. You must comply with these guidelines if you are issued with a Footpath Trading Permit.