What is a Temporary Licence and who will be impacted by the Policy?

A Temporary Licence allows short-term and generally low impact commercial activities on Council-managed land that do not diminish the availability and use of the space for which it was set aside. A Temporary Licence will generally have conditions attached relating to hours of operation, access etc.

All businesses who use Council-managed land including but not limited to beach or water operators, personal or group trainers, boot camps, fitness, semi-permanent food vendors. The proposed Policy will not impact on community or not-for-profit users of Council-managed land.



Who will need a Temporary Licence?

The draft Policy requires any business conducting an activity of a commercial nature on Council-managed land to have a temporary licence.

How long will a Temporary Licence be issued for?

To operate legitimately on Council-managed land in the locations nominated as part of the application process. 

Why will a business need a Temporary Licence?

To operate legitimately on Council-managed land in the locations nominated as part of the application process. 

Will a business need Development Approval under this proposed Policy?

The Policy generally replaces the need for a DA with a Temporary Licence - making it far easier for commercial activities to occur on a conditional basis. Activities likely to have a high impact or involve high levels of risk may still require a DA.


What will a business need to apply for a Temporary Licence?

·  ABN

·  Insurance - Certificate of Currency

·  A Risk Management Plan and Emergency Management Plan relevant to the location/s of the activity

·  Preferably a membership and/or accreditation with a recognised industry body 


How will a Temporary Licence application assessed?

Applications will be assessed against the criteria set out in the Policy. Council may consult any stakeholder or impacted party as part of the assessment process.


How will a business or someone with a business idea apply for a Temporary Licence?

Using the Temporary Licence Application Form available from Council. Applications will be assessed by an internal Panel or Council’s Executive Group, if exceptional circumstances exist.

How long will it take for a Temporary Licence application to be assessed?

Within 30 days from the date of receipt of the application, or amended application if an applicant is asked to provide additional information.


When can an Application for Temporary Licence be lodged and how much will it cost?

Applications can be lodged any time after 1 May 2016.

The cost is from $460.00 to $950.00 per annum, less if you intend to operate for a period of less than 12 months. An annual application fee of $115.00 also applies.

Will a business be able to sell or transfer a Temporary Licence?

No. Any new business or new business owner must apply for a Temporary Licence.


What will the revenue raised from the Temporary Licence fee be used for?

All revenue raised will be reinvested in the maintenance and upgrade of Council-managed land where commercial activity takes place.


How will a business benefit from the Policy?

If issued a Temporary Licence a business can expect:

  • To operate legitimately in the nominated location/s.
  • Well maintained spaces.
  • A Certificate and identification (that way people will know that a business is a  Temporary Licence holder and approved to operate in that location).
  • A listing on Council’s website as an approved operator.


How will the community benefit from the Policy?

·  Protection from overcrowding or excessive competition for the peaceful enjoyment of Council-managed land.

·  Well maintained spaces.

·  Easy identification of those businesses permitted to operate on Council-managed land.


What is the Commercial Activities on Council-managed land Policy and when would it take effect?

The draft Policy aims to enable public spaces to be used for commercial and community purposes in a safe and harmonious manner. It proposes Temporary Licences to ensure that Council-managed land is used legitimately by commercial operators, not overused and is properly maintained. It aims to give the community certainty that commercial entities are correctly insured and licensed to operate in nominated locations.

1 July 2016