Display of goods

Displaying goods outside your business can encourage customers to come inside. You will need to apply for a permit to display your goods on roads, footpaths, reserves and public land. These goods might include:

  • whitegoods
  • clothing racks
  • goods for hire, such as paddleboards
  • fruit stands
  • florist displays
  • bicycles.

Council regulates the display of goods to make sure businesses operate safely and are considerate to other people using public spaces.

You need to submit your application at least eight weeks before you will be displaying goods. Once all supporting documents have been provided, your application will be reviewed and assessed under Local Law No 1 (Administration) 2011. Schedule 8(d).

We may consult with key stakeholders. It may take up to 30 business days from assessment to decision once all supporting documents have been provided.

How to apply

Step 1.Complete a risk management plan

Complete the Risk management plan template(DOCX, 927KB).

Step 2.Prepare a site plan

Prepare a detailed site plan that is drawn to scale using the Display of goods site plan template(DOCX, 45KB).

Step 3.Take out public liability insurance

Evidence of a current public liability insurance policy to the value of $20,000,000 should be provided with your application.

Step 4.Collect supporting documents

You may need to provide other documents and licences, depending on your business. If applicable, provide:

  • photos of neighbouring commercial premises
  • a letter of approval from the relevant State Government agency if your display area will be on a State controlled road
  • evidence of written permission from the relevant State Government agency to carry out the relevant work if your proposal involves:
    • adding a permanent building or structure on the road
    • other structural changes to the road
    • attaching a permanent fixture to the road. 

Step 5.Review conditions

Make sure you review and understand the conditions for an Display of Goods permit. Specific conditions may be added after your application has been assessed.

Step 6.Review fees and charges

In accordance with Council's fees and charges, a non-refundable application fee of T943 is payable at the time of application. Council will contact you for payment.

T944 annual renewal fee is charged annually in September. The renewal period for a permit is from 1 October to 30 September.

Charities and not-for-profit organisations are exempt from paying fees if evidence is provided. 

Step 7.Complete an application

Download and complete the Display of goods permit application form(PDF, 333KB) and submit along with your supporting documents:

The applicant for an approval must be a legal entity, such as a person, private company, public company or incorporated association. A partnership, cooperative, unincorporated association, body corporate, strata corporation, trust or political party is not a legal entity and cannot be considered the applicant.