Trading Places - Footpath Activation Initiative

We're working with local businesses to make it easier to create more vibrant spaces - with colour, movement and more...

From 1 July 2018, Coffs Harbour City Council will no longer charge local businesses fees to use footpaths for trade.

Following the success of a six month trial in Coffs City Centre (CBD), the Trading Places initiative will extend across the entire local government area from 1 July 2018.

This means local businesses can use their footpath for trade and activation for FREE for:

  • A-frame signage
  • Outdoor dining
  • Merchandise displays
  • Temporary street stalls (e.g. for Local Community Groups and Not-for-Profit organisations)
  • Other Footpath activations

In addition to waiving fees, other changes under the Trading Places initiative include:

  • Streamlining and simplifying registration processes to one online portal
  • Traders becoming more responsible for their footpath spaces and accountable for how they activate them

All businesses wanting to use their footpaths for signage, outdoor dining, merchandise displays or other activations must REGISTER ONLINE first (even if you have an existing paper agreement in place with Council for footpath use).

While using footpaths is now free, businesses remain responsible for their Public Liability Insurance and ensuring public safety and accessibility at all times - the same compliance requirements for footpath use remain in place.

Trading Places encourages a more common-sense approach to making our footpaths more colourful, lively, entertaining and interesting - the end goal is creating more vibrancy on the street to attract people to stop, look and linger for longer.

WANT TO BOOK A SPACE? Buskers, artists, performers, schools, community groups and not-for profit organisations can book a designated communal space for performing, fundraising and other activations in the CBD, Woolgoolga and Sawtell.

Check out the different areas of this project site for ideas and inspirations, frequently asked questions (FAQs), latest news and events relating to Trading Places.

If you have further questions about Trading Places, please contact Coffs Harbour City Council on 02 6648 4000 or coffs.council@chcc.nsw.gov.au.

Are you looking to open or grow a cafe, restaurant or small bar in the area? Visit the Easy to do Business site to find out more.

From 1 July 2018, Coffs Harbour City Council will no longer charge local businesses fees to use footpaths for trade.

Following the success of a six month trial in Coffs City Centre (CBD), the Trading Places initiative will extend across the entire local government area from 1 July 2018.

This means local businesses can use their footpath for trade and activation for FREE for:

  • A-frame signage
  • Outdoor dining
  • Merchandise displays
  • Temporary street stalls (e.g. for Local Community Groups and Not-for-Profit organisations)
  • Other Footpath activations

In addition to waiving fees, other changes under the Trading Places initiative include:

  • Streamlining and simplifying registration processes to one online portal
  • Traders becoming more responsible for their footpath spaces and accountable for how they activate them

All businesses wanting to use their footpaths for signage, outdoor dining, merchandise displays or other activations must REGISTER ONLINE first (even if you have an existing paper agreement in place with Council for footpath use).

While using footpaths is now free, businesses remain responsible for their Public Liability Insurance and ensuring public safety and accessibility at all times - the same compliance requirements for footpath use remain in place.

Trading Places encourages a more common-sense approach to making our footpaths more colourful, lively, entertaining and interesting - the end goal is creating more vibrancy on the street to attract people to stop, look and linger for longer.

WANT TO BOOK A SPACE? Buskers, artists, performers, schools, community groups and not-for profit organisations can book a designated communal space for performing, fundraising and other activations in the CBD, Woolgoolga and Sawtell.

Check out the different areas of this project site for ideas and inspirations, frequently asked questions (FAQs), latest news and events relating to Trading Places.

If you have further questions about Trading Places, please contact Coffs Harbour City Council on 02 6648 4000 or coffs.council@chcc.nsw.gov.au.

Are you looking to open or grow a cafe, restaurant or small bar in the area? Visit the Easy to do Business site to find out more.