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Footpath Activities Permit

The City of Kingston is committed to supporting and enhancing local business, street life and village shopping.  Council’s aim is to ensure a safe and vibrant environment that reflects Kingston’s energy and continues to facilitate a wide range of street trading opportunities by allowing private businesses to trade on the city’s footpaths, enabling those enterprises to profit from the use of public land. 

Council recognises that local businesses have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and rail replacement upgrade work during 2020, and that these restrictions have resulted in disrupted business activity and reduced consumer spending.

As a result, Council resolved at its Ordinary General Meeting on Monday 24 August 2020 to not charge footpath trading permit renewal fees for the period from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021 in support of local businesses. Council also resolved to not charge any new footpath trading permit application fees for the same period.

Letters will be circulated to businesses shortly to advise them of the changes to the footpath activity permits for the 2020/2021 period and their requirements.

Please note that although no fee is due, Council still requires a completed Form of Indemnity and a Certificate of Currency as evidence of $20 million Public Liability Insurance, which is to be forwarded to

Compliance with footpath trading standards and requirements are still expected during this 2020/2021 period.

Applying for a Permit

Please read and ensure you understand Council’s Footpath Activities Policy and the Footpath Activities Standards, prior to submitting an application to Council.

 Alternatively, you can apply in person at any of Council's Customer Care Centres.

The following information is required

  • Application Form
  • a Site Plan Drawing showing dimensions of your shop and footpath trading zones, the location of footpath trading items, plus any photographs to support your application. A template for this can be found on Page 2 of the Footpath Activities Permit Application Form.
  • a completed Form of Indemnity. This form can be found on Page 4 of the Footpath Activities Permit Application Form.
  • a copy of your Certificate of Currency as evidence of holding minimum $20 million public liability insurance; and
  • if applicable, signed letter of agreement for occupying an adjoining premises.

What Happens Next?

After you have submitted your footpath activities permit application, if you comply with the Footpath Activities Standards you have a ‘deemed’ right to start trading as soon as you’re ready, while your application is being assessed. 

Once your application has been received, a Council Officer will arrange for a site visit to discuss and assess your application. If required, your application may be referred to relevant Council departments and/or external agencies for advice. Please allow up to 15 working days for assessment of your application.

Once your application has been assessed you will be informed of the outcome. If approved, you will receive notification requiring you to provide payment of relevant fees.

Annual Fees

Permits are valid for 12 months from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020

Fees are charged on a pro-rata basis

A-Frame OR Tear Drop Banner


Tables & chairs or benches (up to 8 chairs or persons seated at benches)


Each additional chair or person seated at benches


Display goods


Display goods and sign (A-Frame or Tear drop flag)


If you need assistance with your application, please call our Customer Care Team on 1300 653 356.