Trading in Public Places Licence or Permit - Western Australia


You will require a licence or a permit if you intend to trade goods or services in a public places. Public places include any properties owned by the Council, as well as any place that the public have a right of access, such as streets, thoroughfares, and parks.

There are three types of public trading activities, which are defined below:

  • Street trader - offering goods (for sale or hire) or services in a public place
  • Stallholder - displaying goods (for sale or hire) or offering services from a movable or temporary structure, stand or table
  • Hawker - going from place to place, whether or not they are public places, and offering goods (for sale or hire) or services.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


The Council may exempt charity organisations from holding a licence or permit, or from paying the required fees.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to as a street trader or a stallholder, you must specify the:

  • location from which you want to trade
  • number of assistants
  • time period during which trading will occur
  • type of goods for sale
  • name and address of permit holder and all assistants.

If you intend to sell conduct public trading as a hawker you are required to be certified by two Justices of the Peace that you are of good character and a fit person to trade as a hawker.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


One year unless otherwise stated.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $36.00 -
Apply Licence All - $26 per day of intended trading, $143 per week, $255 per month, or $1220 per annum.

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 1995 WA

Local law(s) name

Activities on Thoroughfares and Public Places and Trading Local Law 2008

Administering agency

Shire of Northam

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries Officer

Shire of Northam

Operating address: 395 Fitzgerald Street
Northam, Western Australia 6401
Mailing address: PO BOX 613
Northam, Western Australia 6401
Phone: 08 9622 6100
Fax: 08 9622 1910
Website: Shire of Northam (Opens in new window)