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Local law permits

You need a permit for particular activities, including filming, furniture in a public place, and skip bins.

Busking

Buskers are welcome in Moreland and may perform without a permit.

Buskers should have their own public liability insurance and are reminded to be aware of the local community when performing, ensuring:

  • the free flow of footpath traffic, and
  • that local businesses and community members are not impacted by noise levels associated with the performance.

Busking guidelines

Buskers should also observe the following guidelines:

  • Buskers should operate safely at all times.
  • Buskers must allow the free flow of footpath traffic in any area where they perform.
  • The sound levels from a busking performance must not disrupt business trading in the area as well as restaurants and other retailers. Sound levels should be moderate and respectful of others in the same vicinity.
  • Buskers should be mindful of playing in the same area for too long. Generally buskers should not perform in the same location for longer than 2 hours on any day and no more than 3 days in the same week.
  • Buskers must keep the site clean and ensure that it is left in the same condition it was found.
  • Buskers should endeavour to establish good relationships with nearby traders.
  • The act or performance should contribute to a positive social environment that is respectful of all community members.

For questions about busking in Moreland, please email our amenity and compliance team or contact us on 9240 1111.

Drinking alcohol in public places

Drinking alcohol in public places in Moreland is banned under local law.

This ban applies at all times and is enforced by Victoria Police who can issue an on-the-spot fine to individuals breaking the law.

This ban does not apply to:
  • Licensed outdoor dining areas
  • Local parks and reserves on weekends and public holidays where the drinking of alcohol is permitted from 11am-6pm standard time and from 11am-10pm daylight savings time.
  • Special events that have a temporary liquor licence.

Filming permits

You may need a filming permit if you are filming or taking photographs on a road, footpath, nature strip, open space, or car park that is owned or managed by us.

When a filming permit is not required

A permit is not required if your filming or photography meets all of these criteria:

  • Six or less people are involved in the shoot
  • Filming takes 1 day or less
  • Parking restriction exemptions are not required
  • Filming takes place on local roads only, as per the Melway road hierarchy and street classifications (these are the brown colour roads on the map).
  • No road is blocked and any filming on a footpath enables access for pedestrians as required (either with hand-held or tripod camera)
  • Access to residential or business premises remains unhindered
  • Filming occurs between 9am and 5pm
  • If filming in a park, then the public must have unhindered use of our facilities such as playgrounds and rotundas.

A filming permit is not required for wedding photography.

You must obtain public liability insurance with a minimum of $5 million coverage before you commence filming in Moreland.

When a filming permit is required

A filming permit is required:

  • for all television, feature films, commercials, documentaries, and music videos as well as photography undertaken as part of a trade or business (other than wedding photography).
  • if you do not meet all the criteria in the above list.

If you are a not-for-profit organisation or a student completing filming as part of your study, you must still obtain a permit but fees do not apply.

  • An application must be received at least 4 full business days in advance for the standard permit fee to apply.

    There is a higher charge for:

    • a permit application received less than 4 full business days before filming, or
    • where the applicant has not provided all required information to us 4 full business days in advance of filming.
  • Filming permits incur a fee. This fee is reviewed yearly.

    • A standard filming permit (up to 7 days filming) - $300
    • A priority filming permit (where less than 4 full business days notice is provided) - $525 fee
    • Student completing filming as part of their study - $0
    • Not-for-profit organisation - $0
    • Parking bay - $7 per day or $35 per week (per bay)
  • What you need?

    Before you begin your online application, ensure that you have:

    • Details of the location(s) required and estimated times of the proposed filming
    • Name and contact details for the person managing the shoot on the day
      (a location manager is required on the day of the shoot)
    • Copy of your public liability insurance.

    If you are temporarily closing or blocking a road, footpath or laneway, or restricting access, you require a filming permit with a road closure authority, and need:

    • Pedestrian and Traffic Management Plan, including a Risk Management Plan (prepared by a qualified representative as required by the Road Management Act 2004 and Road Safety Act 1986)
    • Site Plan
    • Copy of communication for impacted community members

    We recommend you read the further information about these application requirements provided below, before you apply.

    A schedule of activities is not required by us.

    Apply online
    • Apply online for a filming permit.
    • As part of the online application process, you upload digital files and pay the permit application fee by Visa or MasterCard. You can also elect to have an invoice sent.
    • When we receive your application, you receive an automated email confirmation that your application has been received.

    You do not need to register as a user and sign in to our Online Services to apply for a filming permit. However, as a registered user, you don't need to re-enter your personal information and can keep track of requests and applications on any device.

    Apply online for a filming permit

  • Once your application and all material is received, we assess the application and respond within 4 business days.

    For all urgent applications, a higher fee applies and will be actioned as a priority.

    If any of the filming details change after you have been granted a permit, you should contact us in writing as early as possible, particularly if it requires a change in date or location of the filming. If the change involves an alternate date or location, then the permit will need to be reassessed. Consider including alternative days in your initial filming application so they can be included in your permit.

  • Public liability insurance

    Public liability insurance is required for all filming in the Moreland area.

    The level of insurance required depends on the scale of the filming.

    • When a filming permit is not required, $5 million liability insurance is required.
    • When a filming permit is required, 10 million liability insurance is required (including for road/footpath closure)
    • When it is a large scale production (involving more than 20 people), $20 million liability insurance is required.
  • Generally, traffic should be held no longer than three minutes per 15 minute block.

    When you temporarily close or block a road, footpath or laneway or restrict access you need:

    Site map

    A site map shows the location of your equipment, unit base (if you have one), staff, and equipment to be used during the film shoot.

    Pedestrian and traffic management plan

    A traffic management plan outlines how you will manage the pedestrian or road traffic impacted by your filming.

    In the case of a road closure, the plan should detail how traffic will be managed during the filming and include specific details such as hold and release traffic management methods.

    For a pedestrian traffic management plan, this should include details such as where safety cones and signs will be placed and whether spotters will be used to assist impacted pedestrians.

    These plans must outline your objectives and strategies for managing the proposed activity to ensure public safety.

    For all road closures and temporary block and hold, the engagement of a qualified traffic management company is required to design and implement a traffic management plan.

    Risk management plan

    ​A risk management plan must be submitted to us for all filming activities. It must include:

    • identification of any risks
    • measurement of the risks
    • the proposed management of those risks.
    Letter to impacted residents or traders

    Any resident or business owner in the immediate vicinity of the filming that will be impacted or inconvenienced should be notified of any possible impact.

    A letter to the impacted residents advising them of the arrangements for the filming is required. The letter must include a contact within your organisation where concerns may be directed.

    If there is a significant level of impact, a permit may not be granted.

    We must be advised of any objections.

  • Subject to availability, parking bays can be hired for the duration of the film shoot.

    Please apply with your filming application for a car bay permit.

    We also require notification of any vehicles over 4.5 tonnes or 7.5 metres long due to special legal requirements for these vehicles.

  • VicRoads managed roads

    If you want to film on a VicRoads managed road, you should also contact VicRoads to discuss their filming requirements. See VicRoads events and filming for details.

    You still need to apply to us for a filming permit.

    Victoria Police

    Victoria Police only need to be notified if you are undertaking activities that may cause concern or alarm within the community. For example use of firearms, explosives, stunts.

    See Victoria Police film and television for details.

  • If you require further information or would like to discuss your film project, please contact us.

    For large scale productions of greater than 20 people, please email our Communications team.

Shipping containers

We do not allow shipping containers to be stored on public land, including on roads.

Fines may be issued if a shipping container is on public land or roads.

Skip bins

You need a permit to put a skip bin on a road or Council land.

  • If you want to hire a skip bin you need to contact an accredited company that hires out skip bins. We do not hire out skip bins.

    Company contacts may be found in Yellow Pages and True Local.

    The skip bin hire company contacts us on your behalf to request a permit to place the skip bin on a public street. These companies are accredited with us and carry the appropriate level of public liability insurance.

    Ask the skip bin hire company to give you a copy of the permit from the council. This will be your proof that the company has paid for and received a permit on your behalf

  • Companies seeking to place skip bins (mini skips) on public land must obtain a permit prior to placing the bin and follow the conditions of the skip bin permit. Failure to do so may result in a fine being issued.

    A permit is not required if a skip bin is placed on private property.

    You can place a skip bin on a road only if you have a permit and only in approved locations. Not all roads are suitable for the placement of a skip bin. If the proposed location is not suitable, we will discuss alternatives with you.

    A skip bin cannot be placed on a footpath.

    You must leave at least 3 metres of road pavement width for traffic. If parking is permitted on the road, you need to leave 2 metres between the skip and the parking bay.

    Do not put a skip bin in a place that blocks Melbourne Water drains, Telstra poles, or other service authority assets.

    If you are placing the skip bin in a cul-de-sac, you need the written consent of all residents whose access will be restricted.

    A skip bin must have reflectors and lights that make the bin visible in all conditions for a minimum distance of 100 metres.

    The bin must also have the supplier’s name and telephone number in characters at least 10 centimetres high on the side of the bin.

    VicRoads has developed guidelines for the placement of skips on roadsides. Please view these prior to applying for a permit. 

    VicRoads Guidelines - Placement of skips

    Fee

    We offer 3 types of skip bin permits:

    • $753.50 for 1-10 bin placements;
    • $999.10 for 11-20 bin placements;
    • $1,152.40 for 21+ bin placements.

    All skip bin permits expire on 30 September each year.

  • Download and completed the Skip Bin Permit application form.

    Skip Bin Permit application form

    For more information, see VicRoads

    Guidelines for placement of skips on roadsides

    You are also required to submit the Skip Bin Placement Advice prior to each skip bin placement. 

    Skip Bin Placement Advice form

    Forward the completed application form along with your public liability to us:

  • A release fee of $1,082.10 per skip applies for impounded skip bins.

    In addition to the release fee, an administration charge of $119 applies.

    If you do not collect the impounded skip bin within the same day, a storage fee of $41.20 applies per night.

Street trading and special events

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

When you require a Street Trading and Special Event permit

The permit enables groups and business owners to:

  • Undertake spruiking and promotion of their business to customers, including handing out flyers
  • Sell goods and services from public places as one-off promotions
  • Conduct special events
  • Conduct activities in a public space where furniture or other items may be placed on public land.

You must apply for a Street Trading and Special Event permit before conducting any of these activities in public places.

If you want to place furniture associated with businesses such as tables and chairs on the footpath, you need a footpath trading permit.

If your street trading or special event involves filming you will need a filming permit.

You may need to apply for an Event Permit in certain circumstances e.g. large gatherings, ticketed events, area closures. Please check Planning for an event for further information. 

  • We issue Street Trading and Special Event permits to manage and facilitate responsible trading and entertainment

    Penalties apply if you engage in street trading and special event activities without a valid permit.

    This permit is required by the Moreland City Council General Local Law 2018 (DOC 622Kb).

  • The permit fee is $371.50.

  • We do not require groups or individuals registered with one of the following to obtain a permit. However, details of the event are required to ensure the public space is managed in accordance with safety and public amenity requirements by completing an Activity Notification form (DOC 82Kb).

    • Victorian Electoral Commission
    • Australian Electoral Commission
    • Consumer Affairs (Co-operatives Public Register, Fundraisers Public Register or Incorporated Associations Public Register)
    • Australian charities and Not for Profit Commission
    • Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

    If you do not belong to one of the groups listed above, you need to apply for a Street trading and special events permit. 

  • Download the Street Trading and Special Events Permit Application form (DOC 64Kb)

    Forward the completed application form to us:

    When we receive your application, we will review it.

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

    When we receive your payment, a permit will be emailed to you.

Footpath trading permit

Businesses in Moreland require a permit to place items on a footpath. Find out more about  footpath trading permits.

Real estate signage

Real estate agents operating in Moreland need a Real Estate Agent Signage permit to temporarily place any board or signage, including 'open for inspection' and 'auction this day' signs, on public land, such as a footpath, nature strip or park. Find out more about real estate signage permits.

Pay a local laws 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 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.