Apply for Footpath/Outdoor Trading and Signs

Apply for a temporary extension of outdoor dining/trading during COVID-19

I would like to extend my outdoor trading, where do I get started? 

To make sure the process is as streamlined as possible for our local business community we have developed a simple process to get you started.

  • Step One: Have a look at the checklist below to ensure you have everything ready to get started.
  • Step Two: Contact our Business Support Service on 1300 BAW BAW to discuss your proposal and how we can support you to get trading.
  • Step Three: Submit your application! To enable trade as soon as possible we are committed to prioritising all outdoor dining applications.

We understand outdoor dining may look a little different from business to business so please reach out to our Business Support Service who will assist with getting you started. 

Checklist for Outdoor Trading 

Council has developed a simple checklist for businesses to get started:

  • You have read and understand the requirements set out for your business by the Victorian Government. For further information on these guidelines visit Department Health and Human Services
  • You have developed and and implemented a COVID Safe Plan for your business to protect your staff, customers, and visitors. For assistance preparing a COVID Safe Plan Business Victoria has some great resources you can find at, if you would like any further support please reach out to our Business Support Service on 1300 BAW BAW
  • Think about your business and how many customers you can accommodate and the resources you will need to support them. Any decision to undertake outdoor trading will impact (hopefully positively!) on your business and ensuring you have the staff; physical resources and the financial viability will set you up for success. Please note, we can only allow outdoor trading up to your business’ permitted number of patrons.
  • Have a think about your neighbours, if you would like to extend your outdoor trade be sure to have a chat with them, we encourage our community to keep working together throughout these times.
  • Consider your customers – Council has a responsibility to ensure the safety and amenity of our community. Access to and around your business should be considered and accommodate the needs of all members of our community. For information on the Footpath Trading Zone please visit
  • Get out a pen and paper and draw your site plan, your application can be processed faster with a clear plan of your outdoor trading. Having a perfect drawing is not a requirement, however if you can indicate your current area of trade, where you would like to extend to and if you are required to increase your red line, be sure to include that as well.
  • Council will also ask you to nominate a start and end date for the temporary permit to be applied for. Consider what the next step looks like for your business and apply for a permit to support your business until trade starts to look normal again. Council will be providing extension of outdoor dining approvals until 30 June 2022.
  • You are required to provide a current Certificate of Liability for up to $10 million with your application. We would also suggest contacting your insurer to make sure the extension of trade is still covered by your policy.  
  • And last, but probably the most important step in the process is to get in touch with our Business Support Service to discuss your proposal. We can take you through the form, answer any questions you may have and support you through the process of commencing outdoor trade. 

Can I temporarily extend my liquor licence? 

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Licencing (VCGLR) have introduced a streamlined approach to help existing licensees temporarily use outdoor areas to supply liquor as outlined in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening.

Existing licensees will first need written permission from their local Council to use public external/outdoor areas that are not currently authorised under the licensee’s existing permanent liquor licence.

Once you have Council permission to use the outdoor area, and you subsequently apply for a temporary limited licence (outdoor area temp licence) this may be granted and a licence issued to you that allows the supply of liquor in the outdoor area

There is no fee associated with applying for an outdoor area temp licence from the VCGLR.

When completing your application you will be asked if you are seeking to obtain an extension to your existing liquor licence if you answer yes and you have provided the required information Council will supply you with a letter of support with your approved permit.

This letter can then be sent to the VCGLR for consideration to increase your liquor licence.

For more information please visit

Waiver of Fees and Charges

Baw Baw Shire Council has removed all fees associated with footpath trading and outdoor eating to support our local business community to continue to operate during the impacts of COVID-19.

Additional support for current permit holders will also be offered. 

Application to Temporarily Extend Footpath Trading

If you would like to extend your footpath trading permit, please complete the form below.

Click here to apply online for a temporary extension of outdoor dining/trading.

Footpath trading contributes to creating vibrant towns. Baw Baw Shire Council supports these activities while ensuring that the needs of pedestrians and road users are met. Ensuring safe passage around the streets allows pedestrians access to businesses and ensures there is adequate accessibility for all users. It also allows business owners the benefit of utilising public land to attract customers to their shop with an A-frame sign, displaying goods or extending their dining area.

There are three main categories of footpath trading:

  • A-frame signage
  • Display of goods
  • Footpath dining

Footpath Trading Zones

The diagram below indicates the required distances for your footpath trading activities. 

 Illustration of footpath trading zones.

  • Before you can apply for your permit you will need to ensure that you have current Public Liability Insurance for at least $10 million and supply a Certificate of Currency. You will be able to get this from your insurer.
  • Unless your permit indicates otherwise, you will need to ensure that any signage, outdoor furniture or goods display is brought in at the end of each day.
  • When setting up your business, consider the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 to ensure that your business is fully accessible to all your customers. Adhering to the Footpath Trading Policy will ensure that pedestrians have clear access on the footpath.
  • If you are applying for an A-Frame sign it must not be more than 20m from your business.
  • You must display your permit at all times. 

Most importantly, when you apply for a permit you will be asked to acknowledge that you understand the Footpath Trading Policy. If you have any queries, the policy is available in full by clicking this link, or you can call 1300 BAW BAW and speak to one of our Compliance Officers. 


The fee that is paid is a non-refundable application fee and annual permit fee. Pro rata rates may apply depending on the time of application.

Fees are currently being waived until December 2021! Get your application in now to take advantage and save! 

All Applications

Application Fee



A-Frame (one sign per premises)


Display of Goods

Good Displayed (per square meter)


Outdoor Eating

Tables & Chairs (per square meter)


Apply online for a regular footpath/outdoor trading permit

Important: If you are applying for a temporary extension of outdoor trading/dining during COVID-19, do not use the form below. Please use the form located at the top of this webpage.

Click here to apply for a footpath/outdoor trading permit.

Contact us

We’re here to help! For more information please contact Council’s Compliance team on 1300 BAW BAW or by email.

If you would like more information on footpath or roadside trading, you can head to Council’s website and see the Roadside and Footpath Trading Policy.