Wingham Chamber of Commerce president Donna Carrier has met with Cr Alan Tickle to discuss outdoor furniture policy.
Donna said she has also been speaking with Cr Peter Epov and has asked council to review where businesses can put their furniture.
Following a visit recently by a council regulatory officer many businesses in Wingham were asked to bring in unlicenced items from the footpath.
Locals dubbed it a "ghost town" and council offered business owners the opportunity to apply for a temporary licence to get their items out quicker.
Donna received a temporary licence for Bent on Food last Friday and has now placed some tables and chairs on the footpath two metres from her building.
She said she has received many complaints from customers about the placement of the tables which has further strengthened her desire for a review.
Bruce Moore, council's senior leader regulatory services, said that council's Private Facilities on Footpath policy applies to all businesses who use the footpath for private purposes including for display of advertising signage and outdoor dining.
"Business owners have questioned some of the principles in the policy, including the requirement to maintain a two metre clear thoroughfare in front of buildings for pedestrian access," said Mr Moore.
Council policy is implemented to apply Federal legislation and standards. "While Council is prepared to consider suitable arrangements for each circumstance as part of the application process, the current rules were developed with reference to Australian Standards, the Disability Discrimination Act and the views of the Human Rights Commission.
A new fact sheet is now available from Greater Taree City Council to clarify the responsibilities of private individuals and business wishing to use public land for private purposes.
Donna said she has also asked for a review of the administration fee which she considers too expensive for many small businesses. She cites her own Bent on Life which only needs to place a couple of pot plants on the footpath. Donna said that a variety of items along Isabella Street make it more interesting.
Council is aware that such concerns have been raised. "Whilst there are costs, we endeavour to keep total costs to a minimum and they are in fact, less than that charged by other comparable councils," said Mr Moore.
Registered charitable organisations are also eligible to apply for a waiver of fees associated with the approval process. All such applications are assessed on merit.
Donna said that she hopes her requests are discussed at the next council meeting.
See www.taree.cc/facts for the footpaths fact sheet.