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Footpath Trading

Traditionally footpaths were designed for pedestrian traffic. More recently a move by businesses to increase trading opportunities has seen footpaths used for the display of goods, advertising signs and outdoor eating.

The City of Greater Dandenong supports footpath trading so long as it adds to the vibrancy and diversity of the city’s strip shopping centres and other business activity areas. However, Council is also mindful of the need to balance the push by businesses for increased trading opportunities with the safety of pedestrians.

Is a permit required?

A permit must be obtained from Council for all footpath trading, including:

  • Tables and chairs
  • Umbrellas
  • Heaters
  • Advertising signs (A-frame signs)
  • Goods
  • Windbreaks

Please note: A-frame advertising signs and goods displays are not permitted in the Dandenong central business district (map below).

Central Dandenong is the precinct bordered by Robinson Street, Foster Street, Clow Street, Stuart Street, part of King Street and Princes Highway.

Applying for a permit

Applicants need to complete an application for footpath activity permit form (PDF - 253KB) form.

Fees apply and must be paid at time of application. See Local Law Fees for current permit costs.

All permits expire 12 months from the date of issue, unless otherwise specified on the permit.
Short term permits are available for a maximum of seven days.


For those businesses on Lonsdale Street between Foster and Clow Streeet, no fees for footpath dining will be charged from 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020 for all new applications or existing traders wishing to add additional tables and chairs.

Permit conditions

A range of conditions and performance standards apply to footpath trading.

Please read Council's Footpath Activity Guidelines Booklet (PDF - 4.8MB) to assist traders in developing their proposal.