Footpath Trading and Access

Council is committed to supporting retail traders in creating a dynamic and pleasant streetscape atmosphere.

We allow for outdoor dining including tables and chairs, screens, umbrellas, display of goods and temporary advertising signs on public streets.

Footpath Trading and Access Policy

Council supports local businesses with outdoor dining, but it is also important people (including the elderly, people with disabilities, and families with prams) have clear footpath access.

The revised policy was adopted by Council at its Council Meeting on 25 May 2021: Footpath Trading and Access Policy(PDF, 1MB)

What the Policy Applies to

This policy applies to the following types of footpath uses attached to an adjacent business premises:

  • Tables and chairs
  • Windbreaks
  • Umbrellas
  • Heaters
  • Display and sale of goods
  • Portable advertising boards, signs and flags

Objectives and Guiding Principles of the Policy

The policy is to provide safe and unobstructed pedestrian access on footpaths throughout Monash, while allowing footpath trading where conditions are assessed as suitable and safe for these activities. 

The guiding principles for footpath trading are:

  • The provision of a quality commercial shopping precinct that is safe and accessible to the whole community.
  • The provision of clear, safe and unobstructed access at all times for pedestrians.
  • A positive contribution to the urban character, ambience and amenity of the area where footpath trading is permitted.

Footpath Zones and Requirements

The spaces available on footpaths in activity centres have been zoned for specific usage to provide a clear and unobstructed footway for pedestrian access.

The 4 zones are:

Pedestrian Zone

Adequate, unobstructed space for pedestrian traffic at all times. Generally these zones are 1.8m wide, but in certain circumstances this may be reduced to 1.5m.

Trading Zone

This zone is the only area of the footpath where commercial activity is permitted. Trading zone widths vary according to footpath widths available.

Kerbside Zone

This zone is the allocated space between commercial trading and kerbside parking to provide a suitable buffer. Generally, these zones vary in width between 0.8m and 1.2m, depending on factors including the type of kerbside parking permitted adjacent to the area.

Access Zone

This zone provides regular breaks along continuous lengths of the trading zone to allow pedestrian access between the pedestrian and kerbside zones. These zones are at least 1m wide.

Approvals and Permits

As part of the application process, you will be required to:

Step 1.Read Footpath Trading Policy

Read: Footpath Trading Policy(PDF, 1MB)

The revised policy was adopted by Council at its meeting on 25 May 2021.

Step 2.Prepare Layout Plan

Download the Footpath Trading Permit Layout Plan and fill in details:

Footpath Trading Permit Layout Plan(PDF, 575KB)

As indicated in the Footpath Trading Policy and Guidelines, the plan needs to show:

  • The area of footpath to be occupied; and
  • Details of furniture, equipment and/or advertising boards/signs to be placed on the footpath including size, colour schemes and signage

Step 3.Apply online

Council offers a streamlined online single application and specialist customer service through a Business Application Officer to help you upfront and throughout your permit process (checklists and tools to guide you through assessing and applying for the right permits). Visit: Business Permits


Council now offers the option of paying footpath trading fees in instalments. This option is available for amounts of more than $1,000. If the instalment option is taken, the trader will need to set up the BPay option via their bank or credit card account. Please ensure section 5 of the Application to Place Signs, Goods, Tables and Chairs on Footpath is completed. 

You can pay online or by visiting either of the following in person:

  • Monash Civic Centre
    293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley VIC 3150
    Business hours
  • Oakleigh Service Centre
    3 Atherton Road, Oakleigh VIC 3166
    Business hours

For more information, call the Community Laws Team on 9518 3555.