What is happening?

Council is developing new Footpath Trading and Parklet Policy Guidelines to assist businesses to apply for extended, outdoor dining and trading areas.

The draft Guidelines will provide Council with a clear decision making framework for the evaluation of applications and the enforcement of Footpath Trading and Parklet permits.


In 2009, Council endorsed Kerbside Trading Guidelines to ensure a safe, functional and consistent approach to Frankston City’s footpath trading.

In 2020, Council installed 17 semi-permanent extended outdoor dining Parklets to support hospitality businesses to continue operating during COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Existing Parklets will remain and will continue to operate as they currently do.

Why are we updating the Guidelines?

Council is committed to supporting local businesses and maintaining a high quality and functional outdoor dining and trading opportunities. These areas contribute to creating great places, vibrant streetscapes and promote a rich and dynamic public life.

The draft Guidelines updates reflect:

  • A new application process and requirements.
  • Industry best practice.
  • Issues and opportunities not previously considered within the 2009 Guidelines, including extended outdoor dining Parklets.

Key proposed changes:

Overview of draft Guidelines:

Guiding Principles:

  • Safe

    Prioritising pedestrians over vehicles

    Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)


    Passive surveillance

  • Accessible

    Pedestrian experience

    Public transport experience

    Navigation and orientation

    All abilities access

    Bicycle Parking

  • Attractive

    Visually interesting with a selection of materials

    Usage and enjoyment

    Uniform design to complement the surrounding area

  • Enjoyable

    Opportunity to sit and linger

    Opportunity for activity

    Positive sensory experience

    Weather protection

  • Well-maintained


    Built form