Objects on footpath

Footpaths and pavements provide safe and defined passage for pedestrians throughout the city and North Adelaide. They are also an ideal place for a business with access from ground level to promote themselves. To balance public safety with the needs of businesses, the City of Adelaide has an objects on footpath permit


Objects on footpath refer not only to objects which physically touch the pavement such as A-frames, sandwich boards, display tables and planters but also to items which do not touch the pavement but intrude over the space such as flags, banners, hanging products and displays.


To find out if your business is eligible, please refer to the Objects on Footpath Guidelines.

A-frames - conditions of display

The use of moveable signs (A-frames and T-frames), do not require a permit provided the following conditions are met.

Ground level placement of A-frames will be permitted in the following locations:

  • for Business' with a ground floor frontage
  • on footpaths with a width of approximately 3 metres

If you meet the above criteria and are located in an area that is not within a Bus, Taxi or Loading Zone, you must also ensure your A-frame can be placed:

  • 2 metres from the building line (to ensure a pedestrian thoroughfare is maintained at all times and to limit obstructions for the vision impaired)
  • 0.6 metres from the street kerb, and
  • 1 metre from any street infrastructure (including poles, benches and trees)


Under no circumstances can an A-frame be placed:

  • on a footpath that is the boundary of the Park Lands, square or reserve
  • on a footpath that is grassed, landscaped or gardened
  • on Rundle Mall and ceremonial streets (North Terrace and King William Street between North Terrace and Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga).

Apply for a permit

Please note that all objects on footpath applications are assessed on an individual basis against Council’s criteria. In addition, special conditions may apply where external factors may impede or compromise public safety.

Special conditions may be attached to individual permits if there is a need to specify certain locations and display areas.


Costs for the objects on footpath permit can be found within the City of Adelaide’s fees and charges schedule..

Please have the following handy to submit with your online application:

  • a Certificate of Currency of your Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of $20 million, noting City of Adelaide as an interested party
  • site plan that identifies proposed street, footpath clearances and setbacks.
  • graphic representation (photograph or drawing) of proposed object.

Apply for an objects on footpath permit now