Selling goods on public land and roads

Selling goods on public land and roads requires approval. Goods can include those sold from:

  • mobile food vans
  • flower stalls
  • seafood vendors.

Find out more about selling services on public land and roads, including personal training, boot camps, yoga, regional tours, dog training and hiring goods such as paddleboards.

Council regulates these activities to ensure they are carried out safely while taking other public space users and residents into consideration, and to maintain the purpose and amenity of our public spaces.

You need to apply with all supporting documentation at least 30 business days before you want to commence trading. Once all supporting documents have been provided, your application will be reviewed and assessed under the Commercial Use of Public Land and Roads Local Law 2023.

Council is trialling the Moreton Bay Pop Ups program. The program encourages businesses to pop up in pre-approved, specific areas throughout Moreton Bay. Find out if your business can operate as part of the Moreton Bay Pop Ups Program.

If you are not able to operate under the Moreton Bay Pop Ups Program, continue with this application.

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 diagram of your stall set up and plans of the areas where your business site will be established using the Trading on public land and roads site plan template(DOCX, 64KB).

Step 3.Take out public liability insurance

Evidence of a current public liability insurance policy to the value of $20,000,000, in the same name as the applicant, 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:

  • a copy of the vehicle registration details and photos of the vehicle
  • a copy of the food licence required under the Food Act 2006
  • a copy of the menu for any food and drinks for sale
  • a detailed list of goods for sale
  • details of the materials and equipment used to construct any stands or stalls. Include the dimensions of the area where the stall or stand will operate
  • any other relevant government licences, registrations or approvals, such as a blue card or Marine park permit.

Step 5.Review conditions 

Make sure you review and understand the Commercial use of public land and roads conditions(PDF, 549KB). 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 T1206 is payable at the time of application. Council will contact you for payment.

Other fees are payable when your approval is renewed. These fees are:

  • an T1197 annual commercial fee. This fee is charged on a pro rata monthly basis to 30 September.
  • a T1209 annual renewal fee.

The renewal period for the approval is from 1 October to 30 September.

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

Step 7.Submit an application form

Download and complete the Commercial use of public land and roads application form(PDF, 915KB) and submit along with your supporting documents:

The applicant for an approval must be a legal entity, such as an individual, company, incorporated body, unincorporated body, partnership, body corporate or trustee.