Trading Places - Footpath Activation Initiative

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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.

  • Fee-Free Footpaths - Community Info Sessions

    over 1 year ago
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    FEE-FREE FOOTPATHS

    From July 1, local businesses can use their footpaths for FREE as part of Council’s Trading Places inititaive to boost trade and create more vibrant places. To take advantage of fee-waivers for A-frame signs, merchandise displays, temporary street stalls or outdoor dining, businesses must register online first.

    To find out how your business can benefit and what you need to do, come along to one of our drop-in Information Sessions:

    DATE

    VENUE LOCATION

    TIME

    TUES ...

    FEE-FREE FOOTPATHS

    From July 1, local businesses can use their footpaths for FREE as part of Council’s Trading Places inititaive to boost trade and create more vibrant places. To take advantage of fee-waivers for A-frame signs, merchandise displays, temporary street stalls or outdoor dining, businesses must register online first.

    To find out how your business can benefit and what you need to do, come along to one of our drop-in Information Sessions:

    DATE

    VENUE LOCATION

    TIME

    TUES 3 JULY

    WOOLGOOLGA

    Bluebottles Brasserie

    8am-8:30am

    THURS 5 JULY

    SAWTELL

    63 First Ave (Mothers Milk)

    4pm-4:30pm

    TUES 10 JULY

    WOOLGOOLGA

    Chamber of Commerce Meeting, 6Degrees

    5:30pm onwards

    WED 11 JULY

    JETTY

    Urban Espresso

    7:30am-8:00am

    THURS 12 JULY

    CBD

    The Happy Frog

    3pm-3:30pm

    MON 16 JULY

    SAWTELL

    Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Sawtell RSL

    6pm onwards

    For more information visit: http://haveyoursay.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/TradingPlacesor contact Coffs Harbour City Council (02) 6648 4000 or coffs.council@chcc.nsw.gov.au

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  • Ruling Out Red Tape

    over 1 year ago
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    Ruling Out Red Tape

    Simplifying 48 business application forms into one and slashing footpath regulations in commercial areas to create fun, welcoming spaces that attract customers is part of a new partnership push by Coffs Harbour City Council to help local businesses succeed.

    “Council is ripping up the rule book to encourage new businesses to set up and to help existing businesses attract new customers,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.

    From July 1, 2018, Council is rolling out its ‘Trading Places’ initiatives – which takes a more flexible, common-sense approach to retail and dining areas in all commercial...

    Ruling Out Red Tape

    Simplifying 48 business application forms into one and slashing footpath regulations in commercial areas to create fun, welcoming spaces that attract customers is part of a new partnership push by Coffs Harbour City Council to help local businesses succeed.

    “Council is ripping up the rule book to encourage new businesses to set up and to help existing businesses attract new customers,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.

    From July 1, 2018, Council is rolling out its ‘Trading Places’ initiatives – which takes a more flexible, common-sense approach to retail and dining areas in all commercial zones within the local government area. This follows a successful six-month trial in Coffs Harbour’s CBD.


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  • Green light to cut red tape for small business

    over 1 year ago
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    NSW small businesses will benefit from the expansion of a highly successful NSW Government program that makes it easier to start cafes, restaurants and small bars.

    The Easy to do Business program, piloted in Parramatta, has succeeded in reducing the average time taken to start a business from 18 months to just three months.


    NSW small businesses will benefit from the expansion of a highly successful NSW Government program that makes it easier to start cafes, restaurants and small bars.

    The Easy to do Business program, piloted in Parramatta, has succeeded in reducing the average time taken to start a business from 18 months to just three months.