Commercial Hire Site (CHS) Business Opportunities

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The City of Busselton is a tourism destination and a gateway to the Margaret River Region so it is important to make provision for niche, tourist oriented products and services. Public areas such as beachside parks and foreshores are assets of natural beauty, and we must protect them from insensitive or inappropriate use and development. Entrepreneurs are regularly putting forward new and different ideas for businesses which they want to operate on public land in areas with high volumes of tourist/recreational activity.

All proposed trading in public places requires the assessment and approval of the City of Busselton prior to operation. In assessing proposals the City has regard to public safety and access, appropriateness of the activity with the location and nearby uses, to ensure there is minimal conflict with the permanent retail and service base operating in the commercial centres of Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup and Vasse.

To support the realisation of these commercial opportunities, the City has developed a Commercial Use of City Land and Facilities Policy. The Policy aims to promote the use of popular locations for temporary businesses that will complement existing businesses and help activate frequently visited locations. Commercial Hire Site (CHS) means a location in a public place where a business of a non-permanent nature is permitted to operate and are subject to minimum core and extended trading periods.

The City recognises that many outdoor leisure and active tourism activities operate on a seasonal basis. As part of the CHS Permit conditions, operators are expected to operate during the core trading period, being mid-December to the Easter period. It is also expected that operators will operate as much as possible during the shoulder season either side of these dates, being early-October to mid-December and mid-February to late April. In addition to this, operators are also encouraged to operate during school holidays, public holiday weekends and during regional and special events, as approved by the City.

Additionally, the City of Busselton Commercial Use of City Land and Facilities policy for mobile food vendors, if you are interested in selling food products visit.

For information regarding these Commercial Hire Sites please contact the City’s Economic Development Team 08 9781 0444 or email


Commercial Hire Site Location Map.pdf

EoI Commercial Hire Sites June 2020.pdf

Policy: Commercial Use of City Land and Facilities