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For continued use of footpaths, register HERE
To use the footpath in front of your business you must complete the registration form, ensuring that you first have:
• Spoken with the shop owners and/or traders next door to let them know what activation(s) you are proposing and have their support. This might include tables and chairs (outdoor dining), displays, banners, seats, potted plants and art or buskers/street performers by invitation
• Provided enough room for people to easily walk down the path unimpeded (2m wide clear path where possible). Is there enough room for all people to pass, especially if pushing a pram or in a wheel chair? Is it still possible for all people to safely use the footpath? Can they still access the places and services they need?
• All participants agree to ground rules for footpath use (see following section)
• Ensured that your current public liability insurance cover extends to you using the public footpath (minimum of $20 million liability), with Coffs Harbour City Council noted as an interested party (Note: we can randomly audit your public liability insurance at any time)
• Made sure that you will not create a public nuisance
• Maintain easy access for vision impaired people; ensure that the placement of items provides a predictable pathway and does not create trip hazards or obstacles
• No more than one sandwich board/A-frame sign is to be placed on the footpath for your business
• Displays, merchandise and other items used for activation must be brought indoors and off the footpath outside of business hours (6am – 12am midnight)
• Legislation for food and liquor licensing require compliance at all times. Council will consider requests to suspend an alcohol-free zone for one-off/special events. Contact us for more information.
• Buskers and street performers must register online and hold public liability insurance cover that extends to using the public footpath (minimum of $20 million liability), with Coffs Harbour City Council noted as an interested party. Council’s current process for existing sites will be simplified. In addition, businesses can choose to invite buskers to their ‘footpath’ with agreement of their neighbours
• Council reserves the right to withdraw a registration at any time and in any event of political, religious or ethical demonstrations or rallies, paid fundraising/money collectors and distribution of inappropriate material or goods, or where it determines that the behaviour or activity being carried on is detrimental to the amenity of the area in use, such as where an activity is too noisy, dangerous, offensive or causes inconvenience to other users of the area
• Paid collection agencies are NOT considered as 'activation' and will be excluded from participating.
• To find out more about privacy, visit: http://haveyoursay.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/privacy
All participants agree to comply with the ground rules:
1. Safety and Security – Ultimately the footpath is a community space for all, including young children, seniors, people with prams and those who may 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.
2. Cooperate and collaborate – Partner with neighbouring businesses to create exciting places that attracts customers and encourages 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 footpath use does not compromise a neighbour’s business.
3. Ownership and Accountability – this is a new 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 $20 million) and have Coffs Harbour City Council listed as an Interested Party.
For more information or other queries, please contact Coffs Harbour City Council on 02 6648 4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Latest project news can be found at http://haveyoursay.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/TradingPlaces