Street trading

Trading in Greater Dandenong

There are often permits, licences and local laws that need to be obtained and followed in order to sell products within a council area. 

We have a range of local laws within Greater Dandenong. You'll find several of these listed below. 

The City of Greater Dandenong understands the immense impact COVID-19 has had on the hospitality sector and that local businesses are facing unique challenges. Find out more about State Government grants for outdoor dining.

Street Trading/Stalls Permit

Name Standard fee Description
Street Trading/Stalls $44.50

Free to charitable and non-profit community groups

Roadside Vending Permit

Name Standard fee Description
Roadside Vending Permit $2705

Mobile only

Busking Permit

Name Pensioner fee Standard fee Description
Busking Permit $11.50 $23

Any 4 dates in calendar month

On

Alcohol and Liquor Licensing

Alcohol in public places

Drinking alcohol is not permitted in public places.

The drinking of alcohol in public places is regulated by Council's Local Laws Department and enforced by Victoria Police. Visit the Victoria Police website for more information.

Liquor Licenses 

Businesses wanting to sell alcohol need to lodge an application with the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. Event organisers wishing to supply or allow alcohol should also contact Consumer Affairs Victoria.

Check with the Planning Department before lodging the application. Depending on the type of licence proposed, a planning permit, or a letter advising a planning permit is not required, might be needed.

Footpath Trading

Traditionally footpaths were designed for pedestrian traffic. More recently a move by businesses to increase trading opportunities has seen footpaths used for the display of goods, advertising signs and outdoor eating.

The City of Greater Dandenong understands the immense impact COVID-19 has had on the hospitality sector and that local businesses are facing unique challenges. Find out more about State Government grants for outdoor dining.

The City of Greater Dandenong supports footpath trading so long as it adds to the vibrancy and diversity of the city’s strip shopping centres and other business activity areas. However, Council is also mindful of the need to balance the push by businesses for increased trading opportunities with the safety of pedestrians.

Is a permit required?

A permit must be obtained from Council for all footpath trading, including:

  • Tables and chairs
  • Umbrellas
  • Heaters
  • Advertising signs (A-frame signs)
  • Goods
  • Windbreaks

Please note: A-frame advertising signs and goods displays are not permitted in the Dandenong central business district (map below).

Dandenong central business district  map

Applying for a permit

Applicants need to complete an application form.

Footpath Activity Permit Form  - 281KB 

Fees apply and must be paid at the time of application. 

All permits expire 12 months from the date of issue, unless otherwise specified on the permit.
Short term permits are available for a maximum of seven days.

For those businesses on Lonsdale Street between Foster and Clow Streeet, no fees for footpath dining will be charged from 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020 for all new applications or existing traders wishing to add additional tables and chairs.

Permit conditions

A range of conditions and performance standards apply to footpath trading. For more information contact Council.

Street Trading and Food Stall Permits

Is a permit required?

  • Stalls selling food on council land

1. Requires a street trading permit (see form below), and

2. A registration under the Food Act is required. Visit the Temporary and Mobile Food Operators page for more information.

  • Stalls cooking food and giving it away for free on council land

It the stall is set up on the footpath it requires a street trading permit. 

  • Stalls selling food on private property (eg. outside Bunnings)

A street trading permit not required, but a registration under the Food Act is required. Visit the Temporary and Mobile Food Operators page for more information.

Applying for a local law permit

If a street trading permit is required, complete the application for a street trading permit.

Street Trading Permit Form - 206KB

Fees apply and must be paid at time of application (free for community groups). See the fees section below.

When submitting an application, the applicant must attach proof of a $20 million public liability insurance cover indemnifying Council against any possible claims arising from the activity. The Insurance Policy should be in joint names with the Council or show the City of Greater Dandenong as an interested third party.

Permit conditions

  • Barbeques must be under adult supervision at all times
  • Each operator must wear a clean washable apron
  • All food stalls must have a hand wash area set up with liquid soap and paper towelling
  • All stalls must be enclosed or alternatively the food must be protected from contamination
  • All potentially hazardous foods must be kept at the correct temperature i.e. below 5°C or above 60°C
  • Tongs or disposable gloves must be used when handling food
  • Potentially hazardous foods must be transported at the correct temperatures
  • All food must be kept above ground level

Roadside Vending

The City of Greater Dandenong does not allow roadside vending within the municipality. This includes flower stalls on the side of the road.

Busking

Busking includes any of the following activities:

  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Singing
  • Giving a recitation
  • Performing magic, juggling, music, puppetry or dance
  • Drawing a message, picture
  • Performing any other form of entertainment on a road or in a public place

Busking at the Dandenong Market is not permitted

Busking is not permitted at the Dandenong Market or around the adjoining streets to the Market.

Is a permit required?

A permit is required for all forms of busking. Busking in the form of singing or playing a non-amplified musical instrument will also require a permit/permission from council , subject to permit conditions.

Download permit conditions

Applying for a local law permit

If a local law permit is required, an application for a busking permit form must be completed.

Busking Permit Form - 310KB

Fees apply and must be paid at time of application. See the fees section below.

When submitting an application for any other type of busking, the applicant must attach proof of a $5 million public liability insurance cover indemnifying Council against any possible claims arising from the activity.

Permits issues are only valid for four days within any 30 day period.

Busking conditions

The following conditions apply to buskers:

  • Must obtain written consent from the proprietor of the business outside which they intend to busk
  • Are not to cause annoyance or obstruction to persons or traffic
  • Are not to obstruct doorways of other entrances
  • Must cease the activity immediately when requested by the business proprietor or an authorised council officer
  • Are not to busk in the one location for more than two consecutive days
  • Are not to use electronic amplification equipment, unless they hold a permit that states this is allowed
  • If holding a busking permit, it must be presented upon request

Garage Sales

Residents can hold up to three garage sales on their property within one year without a permit.  A permit is  required if a resident wishes to hold more.

Garage sale conditions

Residents who hold garage sales need to be aware of the following conditions:

  • Signage related to the garage sale can only be displayed outside the property on the day of the sale only
  • Signage may be displayed in the surrounding streets on the day prior to the garage sale, all signage must be removed the day after the sale
  • The activity is not to cause any annoyance or obstruction to persons or traffic

Applying for a permit for additional garage sales

To obtain a permit to hold more than three garage sales in a year download and complete an application for excess garage sales permit form.

Excess Garage Sales Permit Form - 105KB

There is no fee for this permit.

Public liability is not required for this permit.

Second Hand Dealers

To operate a second hand dealership, a license must be obtained from the Department of Justice.

 Visit the Department of Justice website.

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