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Display of Goods for Sale on Public Footways


The Council has received complaints about goods for sale on the public footway outside your shop.

Please note the following:

  • It is an offence to display goods for sale on a public footway outside a shop.
  • The only exception to the above is for newspapers.
  • You can be fined up to £1000 for this offence.
  • If you are instructed to remove your goods from the public footway by a Council official or by a police constable in uniform, you must do so immediately.
  • If you do not remove goods from the footway when instructed to do so, a Council official or police constable can remove them.
  • If a Council official or police constable removes goods, you can be charged with the costs involved.

Please note also that neither the Council nor the Police can give permission for goods for sale to be displayed on the footway.

The law concerned is the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, Sections 129 & 59. If you would like to discuss this further please contact Geoff Sim on 0131 529 3738.

You will be able to obtain independent advice from your solicitor or from the Citizens Advice Bureau – your local branch will be listed in the telephone directory.