Businesses in the Upper Hunter Shire are encouraged to take advantage of an amnesty on fees for placing items on Council footpaths, if they apply before 30 June 2015.
Upper Hunter businesses using temporary structures on footpaths, including as A-frames, display stands and tables and chairs, are required to be approved and licensed to follow state and local laws that protect public safety.
The current cost is $180 for application fees and $42 for annual licence fees.
At an ordinary general meeting of Council this week it was agreed to waive application fees and associated annual licence fees applying to the display or placement of items on Council footpaths, for applications received by the end of the 2014/2015 financial year.
Council’s Footpath Trading Policy ensures pedestrians, particularly the elderly or those with a disability, are not endangered or inconvenienced by the temporary structures while allowing vendors to improve their public exposure and adding to the attractiveness, amenity and vibrancy of shopping precincts.
The policy also covers the number, location, and style of signs, pot plants, display stands and tables and chairs including maximum sizes and weights.
Businesses using temporary structures on footpaths are required to have a minimum $20 million Public Liability Insurance. Insurance policies must also note Upper Hunter Shire Council as an interested party.
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Michael Johnsen said businesses that were using footpaths without approval should take the opportunity to obtain licences for free and comply with Council’s Footpath Trading Policy.
“We want a vibrant, engaging environment on our streets but also ensure everyone can get around safely,” he said.
Council is writing to Upper Hunter businesses to inform them of their obligations under the Footpath Trading Policy.
Businesses are encouraged to view the Footpath Trading Policy.
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