Using footpaths and roads for business

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Commercial vending of goods placed on footpaths

Well positioned goods placed on the public footpath can enhance shopping enjoyment and provide an economic benefit to traders. Unrestricted and uncontrolled use of footpaths for commercial use can create visual clutter, pose risks to pedestrians using the footpath and have a potential impact on motorist sightlines. It is our responsibility to ensure that the commercial use of footpaths for the display of goods is managed without undue disruption to people's convenience and safety and does not detract from the social function and general enjoyment for the community.

What you need to know

If you wish to place goods on a footpath for trading purposes, you will need to supply the following information with your application, 15 days before the permit is required:

  1. Certificate of Currency showing public liability insurance with public risk of $20,000,000.
  2. A detailed (dimensions shown) drawing or sketch showing where the proposed goods are to be positioned on the footpath.
  3. Photographs showing the site and the proposed location of structures for displaying goods.

All required information must be lodged with the is before the application will be considered.

Goods on footpath fees

  • Application fee                         $ 78.00*
  • Annual Fees:
    • Up to 2.5 sq. metres        $  92.00
    • 2.5 – 5.0 sq metres           $132.00
    • 5.0 – 10.0 sq metres        $183.00
    • 10.0 + sq metres               $301.00
    • Transfer Fee                       $  64.00

How to apply

What happens next?

A review of your application and supporting documentation will be considered within seven to 14 business days of it being received.

On approval of the application, a permit fee will be advised which is to be paid before the permit is issued.

Further information

City of West Torrens Compliance Team
Phone: 8416 6228
Email: csu@wtcc.sa.gov.au

Hoarding, scaffolding, fencing

Sometimes organisations and businesses may need to erect temporary hoarding, scaffolding or fencing over a public footpath while undertaking building or other work on their property.

The erection of structures on or over the footpath can impede pedestrian access, potentially block traffic sightlines and can pose a risk to the community. It therefore needs to be regulated so as to protect public safety and amenity and enable the free flow of traffic.

What are the costs?

Non-refundable application fee of $78.

Permit fee of $11 per day.

An extension of duration of permit $29 (administration fee plus permit fees per day for extension duration).

What you need to know

You will need to supply the following information with your application 15 days before the permit is required:

  1. Certificate of Currency showing public liability insurance with public risk of $20,000,000.
  2. Site plan of proposed location.

Authorisation will be issued for the expected duration of the work, but will not exceed three months. A new application form will be required where additional time is needed. All applications must be returned to us two weeks before the expiry of the original authorisation.

All required information must be provided before the application will be considered.

How to apply

What happens next?

A review of your application and supporting documentation will be considered within seven to 14 business days of it being received.

On approval of the application, a permit fee will be advised which is to be paid before the permit is issued.

Further information

City of West Torrens Compliance Team
Phone: 8416 6228
Email: csu@wtcc.sa.gov.au

Mobile food vending

Trading from a mobile food vending business can improve services to residents and workers away from main shopping areas. Mobile food vending can also add a pedestrian-friendly feel to an area, bringing a festive atmosphere to local streets. We encourage mobile vending of food and beverages within West Torrens to increase overall community enjoyment of the city.

What are the costs?

Mobile food vending

Non-refundable application fee of $52.00.

Annual fee of $1,450 or monthly fee of $145.

Transfer fee of $64.

What you need to know

You will need to supply the following information with your application 15 days before the permit is required:

  1. Certificate of Currency showing public liability insurance with public risk of $20,000,000.
  2. A route plan listing the streets or areas of West Torrens that will be visited.
  3. Information on any audible or visual devices that are proposed as a means of attracting customers.
  4. A copy of Food Business Notification, showing the operator’s Food Business Number (FBN), from the council where the majority of the food preparation and handling is occurring.
  5. Mobile Food Vendor Passport (if issued).

All required information must be provided before the application will be considered.

How to apply

What happens next?

A review of your application and supporting documentation will be considered within seven to 14 business days of it being received.

On approval of the application, a permit fee will be advised which is to be paid before the permit is issued.

Further information

City of West Torrens Compliance Team
Phone: 8416 6228
Email: csu@wtcc.sa.gov.au

Mother's Day flowers on the footpath

Selling Mother's Day flowers from containers placed on the public footpath can provide a desired service to community members on Mother's Day. However, it is our responsibility to ensure that the commercial use of our footpaths for the display of goods is managed without undue disruption to pedestrian convenience and safety and does not detract from the social function and general enjoyment of the street by the community.

What are the costs?

Authorisation fee of $78.

Permit fee of $24.

What you need to know

You will need to supply the following information with your application 15 days before the permit is required:

  1. Certificate of Currency showing public liability insurance with public risk of $20,000,000.
  2. A sketch showing how the proposed goods are to be positioned on the footpath.

Goods must be located entirely within the alignments of the permit holder’s residence and not encroach across the frontage of adjacent properties.

All required information must be provided before the application will be considered.

How to apply

What happens next?

A review of your application and supporting documentation will be considered within seven to 14 business days of it being received.

On approval of the application, a permit fee will be advised which is to be paid before the permit is issued.

Further information

City of West Torrens Compliance Team
Phone: 8416 6228
Email: csu@wtcc.sa.gov.au

Outdoor dining

Outdoor dining can be an enjoyable pastime and, as such, we encourage businesses to create a relaxed outdoor dining experience, while protecting the safety of patrons and pedestrians. Permit approval is required before placement of any outdoor furniture.

What are the costs?

Application fee: nil

Annual permit fee: nil

Please note: At the Council meeting on 17 November 2020 it was endorsed that outdoor dining fees and permit fees be abolished until determined otherwise by Council. Also, risk assessments will be undertaken by us at no cost to the applicant.

What you need to know

You will need to supply the following information with your application 15 days before the permit is required:

  1. Certificate of Currency showing public liability insurance with public risk of $20,000,000.
  2. Site plan of proposed location.
  3. Drawings and/or photographs showing the site.
  4. Application form for S221 authorisation required where a business requires alteration of the road or footpath area.

All required information must be provided before the application will be considered.

How to apply

What happens next?

A review of your application and supporting documentation will be considered within seven to 14 business days of it being received.

On approval of the application, a permit fee will be advised which is to be paid before the permit is issued.

Further information

City of West Torrens Compliance Team
Phone: 8416 6228
Email: csu@wtcc.sa.gov.au

Real estate advertising boards on footpaths

Real estate advertising boards erected on public roads have been identified as a risk with potential to impact on the city. Council has established these guidelines to regulate the placement of real estate advertising boards on a public road so as to protect public safety and amenity.

What are the costs?

Residential properties $270.

Commercial properties $640.

What you need to know

You will need to supply the following information with your application 15 days before the permit is required:

  1. Certificate of Currency showing public liability insurance with public risk of $20,000,000.
  2. Photographs / drawings specifying the dimensions of the real estate advertising boards, construction materials and method of fixture and showing the proposed location of boards in relation to buildings, fences and footpaths.

All required information must be provided before the application will be considered.

How to apply

What happens next?

A review of your application and supporting documentation will be considered within seven to 14 business days of it being received.

On approval of the application, a permit fee will be advised which is to be paid before the permit is issued.

Further information

City of West Torrens Compliance Team
Phone: 8416 6228
Email: csu@wtcc.sa.gov.au

Skip bins and containers

In some circumstances it is not possible for a skip bin or container to be delivered onto private property. Where there is no other alternative for placement of a skip bin or container other than public land, permission must be obtained before delivery.

The placement of mini skips, waste bins and shipping containers on Council land or roads may potentially cause a safety risk to the public if placed incorrectly.

All applications are assessed by location, taking into consideration the road width and kerb availability at the proposed delivery location. Some locations may not be appropriate and applicants may need to investigate other options to conduct their activity.

What are the costs?

Non-refundable application fee of $78.

Permit fee of $11 per day.

An extension of duration of permit $29 (administration fee plus permit fees per day for extension duration).

What you need to know

You will need to supply the following information with your application 15 days before the permit is required:

  1. Certificate of Currency showing public liability insurance with public risk of $20,000,000.
  2. Site plan of proposed location.

Authorisations will be issued for the period of placement of the waste or storage container on the road or footpath or for a period of seven days, whichever is the lesser.

Where an extension of the authorisation is sought, payment of an additional authorisation fee will need to be made before an extension will be granted.

All required information must be provided before the application will be considered.

How to apply

What happens next?

A review of your application and supporting documentation will be considered within seven to 14 business days of it being received.

On approval of the application, a permit fee will be advised which is to be paid before the permit is issued.

Further information

City of West Torrens Compliance Team
Phone: 8416 6228
Email: csu@wtcc.sa.gov.au

Temporary vending from street stalls

Temporary street stalls can enhance the vitality of an area, help community organisations to remain viable and heighten the sense of ‘belonging’ in a community. Temporary vending from street stalls placed on footpaths by local community organisations and registered charities for the purposes of fund-raising, promoting awareness, increasing membership or attracting sponsorship for their organisation are allowed in West Torrens.

What are the costs?

Authorisation fee of $77

Permit fee of $24

What you need to know

You will need to supply the following information with your application 15 days before the permit is required:

  1. Certificate of Currency showing public liability insurance with public risk of $20,000,000.
  2. A sketch or drawing showing the length and width of the proposed display area, its location on the footpath and the position where street stall(s) are to be placed.

All required information must be provided before the application will be considered.

How to apply

What happens next?

A review of your application and supporting documentation will be considered within seven to 14 business days of it being received.

On approval of the application, a permit fee will be advised which is to be paid before the permit is issued.

Further information

City of West Torrens Compliance Team
Phone: 8416 6228
Email: csu@wtcc.sa.gov.au