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Commercial Use of Road and Footpath Licenses

Council’s Local Law No. 3 Commercial Licensing (2013) and Local Law No. 7 (Local Government Controlled Areas and Roads) 2013 governs the use of roads and footpaths for dining and roadside vending.

Eligibility

Please note that prior to starting any activity requiring commercial usage of roads or footpaths, you must check with council's Planning and Development Branch to ensure that the land/property is suitable for your intended use.

Application Process

'Commercial activity on a local government controlled area or road' means the use of a local government controlled area or road for commercial or business purposes, including:

  • Soliciting for or carrying on the supply of goods and services (including food or drink) for profit
  • Activities promoting the supply of goods and services
  • Busking
  • Footpath dining
  • Such other activity of a commercial nature as is specified in a subordinate local law

The relevant process and license for each type of commercial use of roads and footpaths is detailed below:

Footpath Dining Licences

  • Any chairs, tables and ancillary items associated with outdoor eating in relation to a licenseable food business under the Food Act 2006 (includes businesses who have indoor tables and chairs) requires a licence in accordance with these local laws unless specifically exempted
  • A coffee shop would be exempt if it only supplied takeaway and had no inside chairs or tables
  • If the exemption applies the business is allowed to have a maximum of two tables with associated chairs, or chairs and benches without a table without a licence under the local law
  • If you wish to obtain an outdoor dining licence with council please complete the application form (see Commercial Use of Roads Licence Application Form under 'More Information' below) with payment of the application fee and payment of per square metre of use for areas inside or outside the central traffic area (you will need to calculate the area in front of the shop to work out the total amount)
  • Please ensure your public liability insurance is $20 million and that council is listed as an interested party
  • Email the form to council@ipswich.qld.gov.au with the relevant attachments and payment details
  • Please be aware that Council has 30 business days to process applications
  • If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date

Roadside Vending Licences

  • If you wish to obtain a roadside vending permit to allow you to sell food from the roadside at certain locations within Ipswich City Council boundaries then you will require a commercial use of roads licence (see Commercial Use of Roads Licence Application Form under 'More Information' below)
  • These licences can be issued for a single month or on an annual basis
  • If you wish to conduct this activity on a state controlled road then you will also require a permit from the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80
  • Please email the form to council@ipswich.qld.gov.au with the relevant attachments and payment details or send to the address on the form
  • Please be aware that council has 30 business days to process applications.
  • If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date

Sale of Existing Footpath Dining/Roadside Vending Licences

  • The license allowing use of footpaths or roads under council’s local laws is able to be transferred (see Commercial Use of Roads Licence Application Form under 'More Information' below)
  • Please complete the form and pay the transfer fee.This is only applicable if the renewal on the existing licence has already been paid.
  • The fees will increase after 30 June each year.
  • Please email the form to council@ipswich.qld.gov.au with the relevant attachments and payment details
  • Please be aware that council has 30 business days to process applications so please ensure you submit your application in a timely manner prior to your settlement date.
  • If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date

Busking, Commercial Hawking and Touting Licences

  • The council resolution for busking applies to all spruiking, hawking, touting and busking on local government controlled areas and roads, including the mall
  • Bradfield Bridge and surrounding areas are prohibited from occupation for any activity due to safety, load capacity and impeded pedestrian movements - no permits will be issued for this area
  • All spruiking, hawking or touting not for commercial gain is prohibited from local government controlled areas except those holding a peaceful assembly permit from the state. Examples of these types of activities include:
    • A lady would like to sell pins for the Children’s Fund. This is approved as it is an activity that is selling goods for money
    • A man wants to display the race car for a local race coming to Ipswich and tell people about it. This is approved as it is an activity promoting a commercial brand/event.
    • A lady wants to get people to sign her petition to stop elephant trade in Africa. This is prohibited as it is not for commercial gain and is defined as an act that disturbs a user’s enjoyment of the area.
    • A man wants to preach about the sins of the community. This is prohibited as it is not for commercial gain and is defined as an act that disturbs a user’s enjoyment of the area.
    • A group want to do a peaceful rally in protest of racism. This is only approved by local government when the applicant holds a permit from state under the Peaceful Assembly Act 1992.
  • Please be aware that Council has 30 business days to process applications.
  • If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date.

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