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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 28 June 2021 to not charge footpath trading permit renewal fees for the period from 1 August 2021 to 30 November 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 2021/2022 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 2021/2022 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  Council’s Customer Care Centre, 1230 Nepean Highway Cheltenham (Mon-Fri 8:30-5pm).

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 or can be submitted online here.
  • a copy of your Certificate of Currency as evidence of holding minimum $20 million public liability insurance;
  • if applicable, signed letter of agreement for occupying an adjoining premises.

Visit Outdoor Dining for more information.

What Happens Next?

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.

Once your application has been assessed you will be informed of the outcome.

Annual Fees

Council has waived the fees for new Footpath Trading Permit applications until 31 July 2021.

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