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Other permits for businesses

The following information may be helpful if you are seeking one or more of the following permits: planning, building, health, footpath trading, street trading and special event or real estate signage permit.

Permits you may require when you start your business

Many businesses need one or more permits to operate from a site within Moreland.
Business Approvals Moreland can help to identify which permits you will need to start a business.

Footpath trading permits

If you have a business in Moreland, you will need a permit to put the following removeable items on the footpath:

  • advertising signs (A-board)
  • goods and products to sell
  • tables and chairs
  • benches
  • outdoor heaters
  • umbrellas
  • screens
  • planter boxes

By giving out footpath trading permits, we can make sure the footpaths around Moreland are clear and can be accessed by all people.

We have developed footpath trading guidelines to meet the federal government’s Disability Discrimination Act 1992. We have also developed a footpath checklist that will help you make sure you have correctly followed the guidelines. Please review these documents prior to applying.

Footpath Trading Guidelines

Footpath Trading Checklist

  • In September 2020, we agreed to expand outdoor dining spaces in Moreland in order to support hospitality businesses.

    All footpath trading fees have been waived until 30 June 2022 for hospitality businesses who apply before 20 June 2021. 

    Businesses who are not hospitality based can still apply for a permit. These permits expire 30 June 2022.

  • You need to pay your footpath trading permit fees each year. The 2021-2022 fees for footpath trading permits are included in the table below.

    • A-board: $123.60 each
    • Table: $54.65 per item
    • Chair: $21.85 per item
    • Bench seat: $116 per bench
    • Planter box/tub: $54.65
    • Outdoor heater: $54.65
    • Umbrella: $54.65
    • Cafe screen: $223.50 per permit
    • Other miscellaneous items: $54.65 per item
    • Goods display: $231.80
    • Fruit and veg or plant/flower business: $309 per permit
    • New application inpection fee (non refundable): $58.35
  • There are two parts to a footpath trading permit.

    Part A is to get permission to trade on the footpath outside your business

    Part B is optional and should be completed if you want to trade on the footpath outside your neighbour's business.

    To apply for a footpath trading permit, you need to provide:

    • your personal contact details and business details
    • the number and type of items to be placed on the footpath
    • a site plan showing proposed placement of items on the footpath (there is a template included in the application form)
    • a copy of current valid public liability insurance policy
    • a copy of your Liquor Licence and details of your red zone, if they are needed for your business.

    If you are applying for part B you need to provide:

    • written consent from the tenant or operator of the neighbouring property. If the neighbouring property is empty, consent is required from the managing agent. If the neighbouring building is a flat or apartment block, consent is required from the body corporate (there is a template included in the application form)
    • the number and type of items to be placed on the footpath
    • a site plan showing proposed placement of items on footpath (the there is a template included in the application form)

    You can apply for a footpath trading permit by filling in the Footpath Trading Permit application form and site plans. 

     Footpath Trading Permit application form

    Submit your application form along with all your required documents (site plan and insurance certificates) one of the following ways:

    • emailing it to Amenity and Compliance
    • mailing it to Amenity and Compliance, Moreland City Council, Locked Bag 10, Moreland 3058
    • handing it in at one of our customer service centres

    When we receive your application, a Local Laws Officer may inspect the property.

    When we approve your application you will receive an invoice by email.

    When we receive your payment, a permit will be by emailed for your records.

  • Once you have a footpath trading permit, you can apply to extend it or to make changes (add additional items).

    Extend your Footpath Trading Permit

    To apply, you'll need to include the same information that is required for part B of the first application, including the consent of your neighbour. 

    Extension to Footpath Trading Permit application

    Make changes to your Footpath Trading Permit 

    If you wish to make changes to your Footpath Trading Permit, you'll need to submit a new site plan. 

    Changes to Footpath Trading Permit Application Form

    How to apply

    Submit your application form other required documents in one of the following ways:

    When we receive your application, a Local Laws Officer may inspect the property.

    When we approve your application you will receive an invoice by email.

    When we receive your payment, a permit will be by emailed for your records.

Hosting activities or holding events on public land

If you want to hold an event for your business or organisation on public land, you need a Street Trading and Special Event permit from Council. We issue this permit so that we can encourage responsible trading and entertainment, and support local business owners.

With this permit, you can:

  • promote your business to customers, including by handing out flyers
  • sell products and services from a public place in a one-time promotion
  • hold special events
  • host activities in a public space with furniture and other items

You must apply for a Street Trading and Special Event permit before doing anything listed above, otherwise you may be fined.

Find out more about Street Trading and Special Event permits

Real estate signage permit

If you are a real estate agent in Moreland and you want to place any board or sign on public land, you need a real estate signage permit. This includes if you want to put 'Open for inspection' or Auction signs on footpaths or nature strips.

This permit costs $695.55 per franchise and is renewable each year. For more information, see the Council Real Estate Signage guidelines (DOC 42Kb).

Apply for a real estate signage permit

To apply for a real estate signage permit, you will need a copy of your current valid public liability insurance policy. You can then fill in the Real Estate Signage Permit application form (DOC 42Kb) and do one of the following

  • Email it to Amenity and Compliance
  • mail to Amenity and Compliance, Moreland City Council, Locked Bag 10, Moreland 3058
  • Visit a Customer Service Centre.

When we approve your application you will receive an invoice. Once we receive your payment, a permit will be posted to you.

Paying your invoice

  1. Pay an invoice online by Visa or MasterCard.
  2. You need the 'Application number' located on your invoice.

You can register as a user and sign in to Council Online Services to access My Accounts. As a registered user, you can keep track of requests and applications on any device and don't need to re-enter your personal information.

Pay your invoice

    1. Pay your renewal fee with a Visa or MasterCard over the phone 24 hours a day using Council's secure automated system.
    2. Phone 9240 1111 and press 1 to make a payment. Then press 7 to pay 'licencing tax invoices' and follow the voice prompts.
    3. You need to provide the ‘Application number' located on your invoice or renewal notice and your Visa or MasterCard details.
    1. Separate the payment slip at the bottom of your invoice or renewal notice and mail it with your cheque or money order to Moreland City Council, Locked Bag 10, Moreland 3058, before the due date.
    2. Make the cheque or money order payable to ‘Moreland City Council’ and cross it 'Not negotiable'. Do not include cash in the mail.

    Council does not provide a receipt for payments received by mail. Keep the top section of the notice for your records.

    1. Bring your notice to a Council Customer Service Centre before the due date.
    2. You can pay by Visa or MasterCard, EFTPOS, cheque, money order and cash. The minimum payment for all card transactions is $10 and there is no cash out facility.