Policies and permits for businesses

A busy cafe scene in Burwood's town centre. - A busy cafe scene in Burwood's town centre.
A busy cafe scene in Burwood's town centre.
Outdoor dining in Burwood's town centre -
Outdoor dining in Burwood's town centre


Here you will find information on Council policies that apply to businesses in the Burwood area. To download a copy of the policy, please scroll to the bottom of the page. You will need a PDF Viewer to view the documents.

Merchandise, A-Frames and Other Articles

Burwood Council has adopted a policy for the placement of A-Frames, Merchandise & Other Articles on the footpath in the Burwood Local Government Area.

The policy provides the framework and requirements if a person or organisation is interested in conducting such activities.

Please ensure that you read the document (which can be accessed by scrolling down and selecting the appropriate link) and you are aware of the requirements before carrying out such activities as Council’s Law Enforcement Team will be enforcing the requirements of the policy.

Outdoor Eating

The use of Council owned and/or controlled footpath areas adjacent to restaurants (being premises in which food is regularly supplied on sale to the public for consumption on the premises) provides business owners with alternative customer seating and contributes to an active street life.

If you would like to read more, please scroll down and select the appropriate link.

Busking Permit

Buskers must hold an authorised permit to busk, issued by Burwood Council. Permits may be obtained from Council Chambers following payment of an application fee. Each Permit allows a busker to perform a maximum of ten (10) times during any 12 month period.


Burwood Council contains many varied locations that are attractive for film makers ranging from the Federation houses and streetscape in Appian Way, to the well maintained parks and Town Centre Area. Burwood Council is actively supporting filming in the area and will co-operate with film makers and promote the opportunities that exist in Burwood.

The NSW government is strongly supportive of the screen industry in its many forms. However, it also recognises that location filming requires a balance between the interests of the local community, both residents and businesses, and the need of the screen industry to share public space for film production...

Promotions and Charitable Collections Permit

Organisations and personnel involved in the promotions and charitable collections activities in the Burwood Local Government Area must hold an authorised permit.

Burwood Council’s policy is to facilitate promotions and charitable collections in the Burwood LGA on public property in a way that supports organisations but at the same time minimises disruptions to residents and businesses. 

Permits may be obtained by completing the application form below, upon the payment of appropriate fees in accordance with Burwood Council’s schedule of Fees & Charges.