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 road reserves.

To carry out any of the activities outlined below in a park, reserve or sports ground  please contact the City Amenity Division on 6238 2886.

A permit to occupy a public space can include activities such as outdoor dining, display of goods or signboards, use of machinery for building works etc. Depending on the activity you would like to carry out there are different permit applications. To make sure the correct application is completed please refer to the ‘When to use this form’ section at the start of each form.

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

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

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 completing and submitting the application online. A printable form is available on our forms page.

New applicants should apply for an Application for a new permit to occupy a public space (outdoor dining) by completing and submitting the application online. A printable form is available on our forms page.

Permit to occupy – other than outdoor dining

If you would like to carry out any of the activities listed below you will need a permit:

  • objects within or over a highway
  • fencing
  • gardens within the road reservation
  • building any structures
  • use of machinery for building works

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.

To apply for a permit you can complete and submit the online application. A printable form is available on our forms page.

Holding a special event

If you are planning on holding a one off event on Council land on any roads, parking spaces or footpaths a permit is needed. This may be an extension of space that is currently permitted under an existing approval to occupy a public space. Such events may include cage night.

For any other special events such as markets/festivals or to carry out construction works where road closures may be required refer, to Construction activities and events on public streets.

To apply for a permit you can complete and submit the online application. A printable form is available on our forms page.

Display of signboards

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. 

To apply for a permit you can complete and submit the online application. A printable form is available on our forms page.

Display of goods

To display goods for sale, a permit is needed. This applies to footpaths, nature strips, and road reserves.

To apply for a permit you can complete and submit the online application. A printable form is available on our forms page.

Operate as a roadside vendor

To operate as a roadside vendor (excluding food vans) on a footpath or nature strip a permit is needed.

The permitted area for roadside vendors is Sandy Bay Road between Derwent Water Avenue and Wiamea Avenue. Other locations may be considered on application.

To apply for a permit you can complete and submit the online application. A printable form is available on our forms page.

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. 

To apply for a permit you can complete and submit the online application. A printable form is available on our forms page.