Commercial use of community land
  • Last updated:
  • 29 Aug 2022

Restrictions due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Council would like to inform commercial operators that they are required to continue to monitor the latest health advice from the Queensland Government when making decisions about operating their business on council-controlled land.

The Queensland Government’s Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction from 1am Thursday 14 April 2022, will further ease the requirement to check-in and to be fully vaccinated in a range of venues and events will end. Commercial operators must ensure compliance with the Public Health Direction.

For more information regarding the requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated people, please refer to the Queensland Government’s Public Health and Social Measures page.

If you have questions in relation to operating on council-controlled land and the Public Health Direction, please contact

Council decides which areas of land can be used for commercial use by following its Community Land and Complementary Commercial Activity Policy[107KB].

Community use is put first and then council looks at how commercial activities could benefit the area and local residents.

Community land includes:

  • parks
  • roadways
  • pathways
  • footpaths
  • trails
  • beaches
  • foreshores
  • some waterways.


There are two types of permits for commercial use of community land.

High-use / high-impact permits

High-use / high-impact permits are for commercial activities that:

  • have a higher amount of use
  • are located in high profile areas
  • may have a more significant impact on the use of community land.

For example this could include a refreshment van at a fixed location.

Low-use / low-impact permits

Low-use / low-impact permits are for commercial activities that:

  • are not rated as high-use / high-impact
  • will have a lower amount of use.

For example this could include personal training on community land.

Activities could include fitness classes, itinerant vendors and activities managed by not-for-profit organisations.

Seasonal business

Council understands that operating a seasonal business on community (PDF, 171KB) or private land can be a popular option for local and visiting seasonal traders.

It is important you are aware of the specific requirements for operation a seasonal business on community (PDF, 171KB) or on private land.

For further information on these requirements, please refer to the fact sheet (PDF, 171KB).

  • Roadside vending and street stalls

    Council regulates roadside vending and street stalls. This ensures the activities are safe for all road users and pedestrians. For seasonal business activities refer to the section above. More information is available from the Toolbox website.

  • Footpath dining/goods on footpath

    Council monitors the standards of operation of food premises that provide footpath dining. For more information on footpath dining visit the Toolbox website.

  • Film production

    Council regulates film production. This ensures the least disruption to local residents and business. Also, that the activity is conducted in a safe manner. Visit the Toolbox website.

  • Holding an event

    Council regulates events to ensure that they are safe for patrons and to prevent nuisances for the surrounding community. For more information, refer to the Toolbox website.

  • Advertising signs

    Council manages movable advertising devices on council and state-controlled areas. Council commits to providing a well-managed region that promotes and attracts visitors while ensuring a safe and healthy environment. Visit the Toolbox website.

  • High-use / high-impact permits

    Local businesses can carry out a range of activities on Sunshine Coast public land. The main purpose of public land is for community use and enjoyment. Council awards high-use / high-impact permits for activities on this land that benefit the community. For more information visit the High-use / high-impact permits page.

  • Low-use / low-impact permits

    Council will consider applications for low-use / low-impact permits for commercial activities where the activities will have a lesser intensity of use, and are not high-use / high-impact. See the Low-use / low-impact permits page.