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Footpath Usage Permit

Council requires all persons/businesses/non-profit organisations, to hold a Footpath Usage Permit when using the footpath to display goods on footpaths (including advertising devices), or operating footpath dining and street stalls within the town business areas.

Not-for-profit organisations are exempt from fees (Council may request evidence of ATO status).

Applicants conducting activities as a profitable business must pay the footpath permit fee outlined in Council’s Fees and Charges.

  • The fee does not apply to one (1) "A" frame sign per business not exceeding 1m2 on either facing.
  • The fee applies to Kingaroy, Nanango, Blackbutt, Wondai and Murgon businesses only.

When you need a Permit

If the area outside your business is a public footpath, which you use for outdoor dining or displaying/selling goods you will be required to have an Annual Footpath Usage Permit with Council.

Other examples are:

  • Undertaking sausage sizzle or food stall on the footpath
  • Clothing or other goods for sale
  • Closing footpath/road  - Must Apply to Council's Roads and Drainage Department
  • Placing items on a Main Road – You may require State Main Roads Approval

Types of Permit

Annual Footpath Usage Permit Annual Fee allows the business to use the footpath to display goods or outdoor dining on a regular basis
Short Term Footpath Usage Permit One off events such as Non-Profit sausage sizzle OR Selling raffle tickets
Footpath/Road Closure Require an application to Councils Road and Drainage Department to close a footpath or road to undertake maintenance on council regulated area.

When no permit is needed

You do not need a permit to:

  • have customers eat and drink outside your food business premises if the outdoor area is on private property. For example, food premises within shopping centres do not need a permit if the area used is owned by the shopping complex.
  • display one "A" Frame type sign with suitable dimensions, such that the sign surface area will not exceed 1m2 in total on either facing.

How to Apply

To apply for a footpath permit you must lodge your application with Council with relevant documentation including:

  • a plan outlining the area proposed to be used.
  • proof of public liability to the value of ten million dollars with Council named as an interested party
  • Description of goods being displayed.

Murgon business wishing to have items on the footpath in Murgon must contact the Murgon Business and Development Association Inc. on phone (07) 4168 1066.


Refer to Council's Fees and Charges

Other approvals

You may also need to check other requirements including other licenses you may be required to hold including but not limited to:

  • Development approval (contact Council's Planning Department)
  • Food Licence (contact Council's Environment and Waste Department)
  • Building approval (from Council or private building certifier)
  • Liquor and Gaming Licensing (Contact State Government phone 13 74 68)

Further information

If you require further information about Footpath Usage Permits please contact Council’s Environment and Waste Department on phone (07) 4189 9100.

Footpath Usage Forms

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