Create - Shared Footpaths

Sharing the footpath

Footpath activities (including goods/signage displays and al fresco dining) create interesting and lively streets. Council wants to add to the character and attraction of our town centres by encouraging these types of activities.

We are looking to implement a quicker and simpler approval process for businesses wanting to trade on the footpath.

We would like your feedback to make sure the new policy and process is fair and workable.


Draft Footpath Activities Policy

The draft Footpath Activities Policy provides a set of guidelines for businesses wishing to trade on public footpaths. The draft policy aims to balance commercial activities with keeping footpaths clear for people walking along the footpath, with a focus on the needs of people with a disability, older people and parents/carers with children and prams.

You can download a copy of the draft Footpath Activities Policy, summary Information Sheet and FAQs from the Document Library to the right. We welcome feedback on the draft policy and you can let us know what you think by filling out a Feedback Form below.


Planning Proposal to make footpath activities exempt development

To streamline the approvals process, a Planning Proposal has been prepared that seeks to make A-frame signage and display of goods on the footpath exempt development under Bellingen Local Environmental Plan 2010. This would remove the (current) requirement to submit a development application (DA) for these activities.

Outdoor dining was classified as exempt development by the State Government in 2015 and no longer requires a DA. However, approvals under the Roads Act 1993 and Local Government Act 1993 are still required for all activities on the footpath which are proposed to be rolled into one streamlined Footpath Activity Approval process. Council is also seeking public submissions on the Planning Proposal, which can be found in the Document Library.

Please call Council's Senior Strategic Planner on 6655 7300 if you have any questions in relation to the draft Footpath Activities Policy or Planning Proposal.


Sharing the footpath

Footpath activities (including goods/signage displays and al fresco dining) create interesting and lively streets. Council wants to add to the character and attraction of our town centres by encouraging these types of activities.

We are looking to implement a quicker and simpler approval process for businesses wanting to trade on the footpath.

We would like your feedback to make sure the new policy and process is fair and workable.


Draft Footpath Activities Policy

The draft Footpath Activities Policy provides a set of guidelines for businesses wishing to trade on public footpaths. The draft policy aims to balance commercial activities with keeping footpaths clear for people walking along the footpath, with a focus on the needs of people with a disability, older people and parents/carers with children and prams.

You can download a copy of the draft Footpath Activities Policy, summary Information Sheet and FAQs from the Document Library to the right. We welcome feedback on the draft policy and you can let us know what you think by filling out a Feedback Form below.


Planning Proposal to make footpath activities exempt development

To streamline the approvals process, a Planning Proposal has been prepared that seeks to make A-frame signage and display of goods on the footpath exempt development under Bellingen Local Environmental Plan 2010. This would remove the (current) requirement to submit a development application (DA) for these activities.

Outdoor dining was classified as exempt development by the State Government in 2015 and no longer requires a DA. However, approvals under the Roads Act 1993 and Local Government Act 1993 are still required for all activities on the footpath which are proposed to be rolled into one streamlined Footpath Activity Approval process. Council is also seeking public submissions on the Planning Proposal, which can be found in the Document Library.

Please call Council's Senior Strategic Planner on 6655 7300 if you have any questions in relation to the draft Footpath Activities Policy or Planning Proposal.