Permit to occupy a public space

A permit to occupy is the type of permit businesses need if they want to use City of Hobart public space. This may include footpaths, nature strips, and parks. There are two types of  permit, a permit to occupy, for outdoor dining or other activities, and a permit  for commercial activities in public space.

Permit to occupy

New for businesses - Permit to Occupy - outdoor dining

The City of Hobart wants to support business operators as they move along the Roadmap for a COVID-safe Tasmania, including complying with the physical distancing requirements and occupation limits.

To do this, the City of Hobart has a prepared a process where operators can apply to amend their existing permits or apply for a new permit to occupy a public space within the Hobart municipal area, where possible, to give them more space to trade.

Permit to occupy may be issued to restaurant owners and operators to place tables, chairs, umbrellas and other furniture used for outdoor dining. Minimum dimensions must be maintained so that pedestrians can easily move along a footpath, and other conditions and fees apply. A permit will be issued only if the safe and convenient access and movement of pedestrians is maintained.

Existing permit holders should apply for an Application for amendment to permit to occupy a public space (outdoor dining) by submitting the application online or by filling in the form(PDF, 68KB) and returning it in one of the following ways listed below. 

New applicants should apply for an Application for a new permit to occupy a public space (outdoor dining) by submitting the application online or by filling in the form(PDF, 65KB) and returning it in one of the following ways listed below.  

  • email: coh@hobartcity.com.au
  • post: City of Hobart, GPO Box 503, Hobart Tasmania 7001
  • in person: Customer Service Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart

Permit to occupy – other than outdoor dining

A permit is not required for signboards where they are placed in accordance with Clause 8 of the Public Space by-law. If the signboard does not meet the requirements in the by-law a permit will be required, as there is a greater risk of impacting pedestrian movement. 

Permits to occupy are also issued for:

  • temporary fences and/or gardens within the road reservation
  • building any structures
  • placing an/object within or over a highway
  • ongoing use of a crane, concrete pump or any other special vehicle used for building work when used in a park or reserve.

In limited circumstances, where there is no adverse effect on the public, a permit to occupy may also be issued to residents and other property owners to let them occupy part of a highway reservation.

Submit the application online or fill in the form(PDF, 62KB) and return it in one of the following ways:

  • email: coh@hobartcity.com.au
  • post: City of Hobart, GPO Box 503, Hobart Tasmania 7001
  • in person: Customer Service Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart

Commercial activities in public space 

To display goods for sale, set up a stall (other than at a market, or operate as roadside vendor (other than a food van) a permit for commercial use is needed. This applies to footpaths, nature strips, and parks and reserves.

If proposing to do any of these activities in a City of Hobart park, reserve, or sportsground please contact the City Amenity Division prior to completing any paperwork, as you may need to complete a booking instead of a permit application.

Submit the application online or fill in the form(PDF, 60KB) and return it in one of the following ways:

  • email: coh@hobartcity.com.au
  • post: City of Hobart, GPO Box 503, Hobart Tasmania 7001
  • in person: Customer Service Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart

Distribution of advertising material

If you would like to distribute or display materials such as a pamphlet, picture, sticker or notice you will need to apply for a permit. 

You can do this by submitting the application online or fill in the form(PDF, 46KB) and return it in one of the following ways:

  • email: coh@hobartcity.com.au
  • post: City of Hobart, GPO Box 503, Hobart Tasmania 7001
  • in person: Customer Service Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart

Fees and conditions apply for these permits (fees excluded for distribution of material)

For enquiries, phone 03 6238 2970 or email coh@hobartcity.com.au.