Using Your Footpaths

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Using Your Footpaths

Using the footpath outside your business

On Thursday 28 June 2018 it was resolved that Coffs Harbour City Council waive fees for footpath use relating to Outdoor Dining, A-frame signage, Merchandise displays & busking commencing 1 July 2018, however, businesses still require Council approval.

Creating a vibrant street to attract people to stop, look and linger for longer is the ultimate goal for Footpath Activation.

All businesses wanting to use their footpaths (directly outside their storefront) for signage, outdoor dining and merchandise displays must Register online.

What do Businesses have to do to register and meet requirements?

Before you register using our simple online form you must:

The fine print

  • Existing public safety and liability provisions required by legislation for public footpaths will have to be maintained (i.e. to use the footpath, businesses must hold a current Certificate for Public Liability Insurance to $20 million extending to footpath use with Coffs Harbour Council noted as an interested party).
  • Legislation for food and liquor licensing requires compliance at all times.

Anyone wanting to use the footpath for trade or activation must register online, agree and comply with three simple ground rules:

Ultimately the footpath is a community space for everyone including young children, seniors, people with prams and those who require assistance aids and clear passage. These people need to get about their daily activities safely and efficiently. Think about trip hazards, height impediments and any possible projectiles (windy conditions). If you see something you think is unsafe do something about it.

​Partner with your neighbouring businesses to create exciting places that attract customers and encourage them to linger longer. Cross-promote with other stores to spread the shopping love... waiting for a coffee to arrive gives shoppers a window of opportunity otherwise missed. Ensure your footpath use does not compromise a neighbours business.

This is a new business model, there will be good and bad feedback from customers. Use constructive criticism to improve your business offering. Make changes and try new things. Respond to safety and access concerns promptly. You will need to have a current Public Liability Insurance policy to cover the use of the footpath (minimum $20million) and list Council as an Interested Party.