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Street trading and activities

Street trading

Street activities permits are required for commercial trading and fundraising on public footpaths and Council land.

In some cases a Planning Permit and/or a Food Premises registration may also be required.

What types of street activities require a permit?

You need to apply for a permit for the following street activities:

  • Street activities
    • Tables and chairs
    • Goods display
    • A-Frame sign displays
    • Shade shelters, umbrellas
    • Freestanding barrier screens
    • Pot plants or planter boxes
    • Queuing for licensed premises

Apply for a Street Activities permit 

  • Street performance (busking)
    Applications will be considered on merit and street performers may be required to provide reference and/or samples. Approved sites and times are shown on the permit application.

    Apply for a Street Performance (busking) permit 

  • Street art

    Apply for a Street Art permit 

  • Street selling
    Council will support street selling by local businesses where the activity encourages healthy lifestyles, enhances the vibrancy of the area, encourages local business and is not in direct competition with other traders.

    Apply for a Street selling permit

  • Community advertising billboards on Council land
    Advertising billboards for approved non-profit Maroondah based community events may be considered at designated sites on Council land.

    Apply for a Community advertising billboards on Council land permit

  • Real estate advertising signs on Council Land
    A permit is needed for the placement of temporary real estate agent signs (A-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 where it creates any hazard to pedestrian or vehicle safety.

    Apply for a Real estate advertising signs on Council Land permit 

  • Fundraising
    • General fundraising
    • Sale of organisation goods
    • Raffles
    • Doorknocks
    • Highway Collections/tin shakes 
    • Community food stalls and sausage sizzles

    Apply for a Fundraising permit

See the Street Activities Policy for further details on these activities, and if other permits will also be needed.

Applying for a permit

If you are applying for more than one activity, please complete all required application forms. Each application will be considered individually.

Charity and community groups must complete an application form but are not required to pay the permit fee.

Footpath access

Generally, a corridor must be maintained on the footpath, from the building/property line of a business for a minimum distance of 1.2 metres.

No signs, goods, tables or chairs etc may be kept in this corridor.

Areas for each zone vary subject to local conditions. These variations will be considered as each application is assessed – see the following examples:

Footpath Trading Zone

Street Activities Footpath Zone

Corner Footpath Trading Zone

Street Activities Footpath Zone - corner

Renewal process

Permits expire annually on 30 September. Renewal notices are sent prior to this date. 

If paying online, the permit will not be issued until a copy of your Public Liability Insurance (Certificate of Currency) has been received by:

Street Activities Policy 

The Street Activities Policy has been developed to maintain the balance between commercial and fundraising activities and ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience on Maroondah’s streets and commercial precincts.

See the Street Activities Policy

Fees and charges

See associated fees and charges.

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