Create - Shared Footpaths


--The Public Exhibition Period has now ended. Thank you to everyone who participated.--



New information has been added to Council's main webpage, including information on the new simplified approvals process. For more information visit: https://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/business/using-footpath-outdoor-dining-and-trading


Council Adopts New Policy

Bellingen Shire Council at its meeting of 27 September 2017 adopted a new Footpath Activities Policy which provides a set of simple requirements for businesses trading on the footpath. The policy aims to encourage footpath activities which add to the liveliness and character of our town centre whilst providing a safe, equitable and comfortable walking environment along our Shire’s footpaths. The adopted policy can be downloaded from the document library to the right.

To implement the policy, Council also supported a change to local planning controls to make the display of goods (including A-frame signs) exempt development. This means once the planning amendment is finalised (expected by the end of the year), a development application approval will no longer be required for these activities.

Importantly, Council adopted a waiver of all application fees associated with a Footpath Activity Approval for six (6) months after the date the planning control amendment is notified and comes into force. This incentive highlights Council’s support for footpath activities and acknowledges the role small business plays in providing for the local community and attracting visitors.

Over the coming months, information relating to the new process will be uploaded on Council’s website and further communication with stakeholders will occur to ensure an efficient implementation of the new Footpath Activities Policy.

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 sought stakeholder 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.


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.




--The Public Exhibition Period has now ended. Thank you to everyone who participated.--



New information has been added to Council's main webpage, including information on the new simplified approvals process. For more information visit: https://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/business/using-footpath-outdoor-dining-and-trading


Council Adopts New Policy

Bellingen Shire Council at its meeting of 27 September 2017 adopted a new Footpath Activities Policy which provides a set of simple requirements for businesses trading on the footpath. The policy aims to encourage footpath activities which add to the liveliness and character of our town centre whilst providing a safe, equitable and comfortable walking environment along our Shire’s footpaths. The adopted policy can be downloaded from the document library to the right.

To implement the policy, Council also supported a change to local planning controls to make the display of goods (including A-frame signs) exempt development. This means once the planning amendment is finalised (expected by the end of the year), a development application approval will no longer be required for these activities.

Importantly, Council adopted a waiver of all application fees associated with a Footpath Activity Approval for six (6) months after the date the planning control amendment is notified and comes into force. This incentive highlights Council’s support for footpath activities and acknowledges the role small business plays in providing for the local community and attracting visitors.

Over the coming months, information relating to the new process will be uploaded on Council’s website and further communication with stakeholders will occur to ensure an efficient implementation of the new Footpath Activities Policy.

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 sought stakeholder 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.


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.