Council regulates the use of fixtures such as large umbrellas and lights on footpaths installed on a semi-permanent basis.
- protect public safety and amenity
- ensure the safe movement of traffic
- ensure commercial activities on roads do not have an unfair advantage over fixed premises that pay rates and other charges and are subject to planning and other regulatory legislation.
You will need a permit from us to install shade structures and/or electrical fixtures. Design and fit out guidelines are included in the application form.
Related licence/permit applications
Before installing removable fixtures, you must have a Roadside dining permit.
If you are planning to, or already have, an advertising device visible from public land, refer to Advertising devices.
You must comply with the following Acts:
- Planning Act 2016
- Building Act 1975 Part A: Common details and Part B: Building work
- Standard Building Regulation 1993 including the Building Code of Australia and in particular where relevant Part D1 – Provision For Escape, Part D2 – Construction of Exits and Part D3 – Access for People with Disabilities.
Removable fixtures require a minimum of one audit every year (excluding re-inspections and complaint investigations).
How to apply
Use this form to apply for a permit to install semi-permanent shade structures and/or electrical installations. No fees apply.
You will be contacted if we need more information to process your application. Once your application is approved, you can carry out the proposed works. Once complete, you must contact us for a final inspection. For an electrical installation, you will need to complete a Certificate of testing and compliance once the power supply has been installed.
Certificate of testing and compliance - electrical installations(PDF, 152KB)