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DRAFT Mobile Traders Policy

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Council is seeking feedback from community members and businesses on its Draft Mobile Traders Policy.



The Draft Mobile Traders Policy has been developed to manage the requests for the operation of mobile traders on Council owned or managed land.

Over a number of years, Council has received multiple requests from mobile traders to operate within the Shire. These requests have ranged from food vans that would compete directly with current businesses to mobile traders offering different food styles. Prior to COVID-19, unless exceptional circumstances existed, Council would not permit mobile traders in most cases to operate on Council land.

Council’s existing Local Law No. 2 – General Public Amenity does allow traders to operate with a permit, however there is no policy guiding under what circumstances permits should be issued. The Draft Mobile Traders Policy provides clear and concise requirements for applying, using or refusing a permit.

The policy only applies to traders seeking to use Council owned or managed land, and does not apply to those trading on private property with consent from the landowner, or for a vendor that is part of an event, carnival, market or fete.

To balance the demands of mobile traders, community members and bricks and existing businesses, the Draft Mobile Traders Policy proposes several standards, including that:

  • Mobile traders do not compromise the operation of existing businesses;
  • Mobile traders operate in an appropriate location at least 50 metres from an existing business, unless the proposed hours of operation are outside those of the existing businesses;
  • Mobile trading locations and their surrounds are safe and accessible for all members of the community at all times; and
  • Permit holders are adequately covered by public liability insurance.

Fees and charges for Mobile Trading permits are not set by the policy and will be determined by Council each year as part of the Council Budget process. Currently, mobile traders pay a yearly fee of $560 to operate on Council owned or managed land.

How you can be involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

At its 25 May Meeting, Council endorsed the Draft Mobile Traders Policy to go out for public exhibition for four weeks, and to write to all current permit holders and food businesses within Golden Plains Shire about the draft policy.

Community members and businesses can download the Draft Mobile Traders Policy and provide feedback through a short survey on Council’s website



The survey is open from 1 to 29 June, and will also be available from Council’s Customer Service Centres in Bannockburn and Smythesdale once COVID-19 restrictions allow the centres to reopen.

Community members can also provide feedback on the Draft Mobile Traders Policy by email to [email protected] or by mail to Golden Plains Shire Council, PO Box 111, Bannockburn, VIC, 3331, marked ‘Attention: Draft Mobile Traders Policy’.


Tuesday 1 June, 2021

Survey Opens

Tuesday 29 June, 2021

Survey Closes

July 2021

Survey and feedback considered

Late 2021

Council to adopt final Mobile Traders Policy

Contact Information

Matthew Sims
Coordinator Community Safety
5320 7111
Project Category: 
Economy and Tourism
Last Updated: 
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Project Status: 
Current Project
The Draft Mobile Traders Policy has been developed to manage the requests for the operation of mobile traders on Council owned or managed land.

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.