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Free Trade Area

The Town of Victoria Park is cutting the red tape and showing its commitment to supporting business, with Council approving the creation of a ‘Free Trade Area’ outside shop fronts within the Town.

The Free Trade Area will see current application and annual alfresco dining fees abolished and replaced with a once-off, cost-neutral payment to cover the cost of installing pavement discs.

The Free Trade Area is considered as the area located in front of businesses within the Town, and is the remaining portion of footpath area that directly adjoins businesses after a two metre pedestrian thoroughfare has been provided clear of obstructions. Previously this area was only suitable to be used for alfresco dining purposes, but now traders will also be able to have their goods on display.

Previously, an eatery with two tables and eight chairs would have paid $600 in application and installation fees, along with a $562 annual fee. Now, the one-time installation cost starts at $94, with no annual fee.

Pavement discs are required for every two metres of frontage and installation will cost $47 per disc. Each application requires a minimum of two discs.

The Town is also looking to streamline the process for obtaining a Free Trade Permit, with an online self-assessment tool planned to rollout in early 2017 for businesses to use when applying.

 

Download your application form below.

 

FAQs

What is the Free Trade Area?

The Free Trade Area is considered as the area located in front of businesses within the Town, and is the remaining portion of footpath area that directly adjoins businesses after a two metre pedestrian thoroughfare has been provided clear of obstructions.

This area was once suitable for alfresco dining purposes only.

Through the Town of Victoria Park Free Trade Agreement, the Town is looking to streamline obtaining outdoor eating licences and allowing the display of goods on footpaths within the Town.

From 13 July, with the necessary permit, you will be able to utilise the Free Trade Area for the display of goods, as well as alfresco dining.

Please note that a two metre area of footpath adjacent to the street (shown in the diagram below as ‘thoroughfare’) will need to remain free of obstruction to ensure safe pedestrian access. Depending on your location, this may impact the size of your Free Trade Area.

What changes are being made?

• On 12 July, the Town will remove all existing annual fees associated with obtaining an Outdoor Eating permit

• This fee will be replaced with a one-off, cost-neutral payment made by the trader to the Town, to cover the cost of the discs required to be installed to demark the Free Trade Area, and the cost of labour to install the discs.

• The application process to obtain a Free Trade Area permit will be modified to a self-assessment process, so that you can tell us whether or not you comply with the requirements to obtain a Free Trade Area permit.

What fees are involved?

The fee associated with obtaining a Free Trade Area permit are significantly less than those associated with the previous alfresco dining fees.

The discs required to outline the Free Trade Area cost the Town $47 each, which includes the cost of labour to install the discs. The cost of your permit will depend on how many discs are needed to outline the Free Trade Area associated with your tenancy, at a rate of one disc per two metres of frontage.

What is the process to obtain a Free Trade Area permit?

If you own a food business or shop in the Town and would like to display goods or have alfresco dining in the Free Trade Area, you will need to obtain a Free Trade Area permit.

The Town will eventually be rolling out an online self-assessment process to obtain a permit. This is planned to be delivered in early 2017.

In the meantime, download the Free Trade Area Permit Application Form from the Town’s website from 13 July. Once completed, bring it to the Town’s Admin Centre at 99 Shepperton Road, Victoria Park, along with a copy of your public liability insurance and the required fee. Once finalised, we will provide you with a Free Trade Area permit to display in your shopfront.

If you have an existing alfresco dining permit, the Town will issue you with a Free Trade Area permit once the alfresco dining permit has expired. Alternatively, you can re-apply for a Free Trade Area permit at no additional fee.

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