I have a business and am seeking a pop-up space

Are you an online or home-based business interested in occupying a vacant shop on a temporary basis to take your business to the next level? Then register your interest in Brisbane City Council's Pop-up Shop Program.

Review the Pop-up Shop Program disclaimer before registering your interest.

Hear from some of the pop-up shop businesses supported by Council that are open for business and bringing interest and activity to shopping strips across Brisbane.

Eligibility requirements

Council is looking for businesses that:

  • have an established online or home-based business and customer following
  • do not have an existing shop
  • are looking for a space to showcase their product or idea
  • are prepared to open a shop for a minimum of 25 hours a week, over a minimum of five out of seven days a week
  • will bring interest and activity to shopping strips.

Eligible businesses include:

  • established online businesses looking to showcase their product in a bricks and mortar shop
  • home businesses that want to trial a commercial space
  • social enterprises
  • not-for-profit organisations
  • creative entrepreneurs.

Businesses requiring any type of licence to operate at the premises are not eligible for this program. If you are a food and/or beverage business that requires a food business licence, consider testing your product by establishing a market food stall.

Pop-up tenants who received grants under Council's pilot Suburban Shopfront Activation Program are ineligible for this current Pop-up Shop Program. 

How it works

Council’s Economic Development team maintains a register of interested businesses to assist property owners in finding a suitable temporary tenant.

When property owners with vacant shopfronts contact Council for assistance, our Economic Development team will use the register to suggest temporary tenants that may meet the property owner’s needs.

Council recommends that the property owner enters into an occupancy licence, which may be guided by Council’s sample pop-up occupancy licence clauses. To be eligible for the grants, the licence must be for a minimum 60-day term, which is rent-free, and tenant charges are limited to cover utilities (no charges for outgoings). Council is not party to any occupancy licence. 

You should be aware that there are other financial commitments to consider, such as insurances, tenancy, retail and marketing costs.

Businesses that enter into an occupancy licence agreement with a property owner as a result of registering interest in Council’s Pop-up Shop Program can apply for a Pop-up Shop Program Grant of $4000 to support occupancy costs, such as insurances, temporary fit-out, lease costs or marketing the space.

Registration of interest for pop-up spaces

Register your interest by completing the registration of interest for pop-up space online form.

Pop-up Shop Program disclaimer

Brisbane City Council provides no warranty regarding the suitability, accuracy, reliability, fitness for purpose, effectiveness, benefits of or outcomes from any content, products, information or materials provided through these webpages, forms and related documents in support of the Pop-up Shop Program Initiative. Participants use and rely upon the content, products, information and documents at their own risk.

While Brisbane City Council will use its best endeavours, no responsibility is accepted for the suitability or fitness for purpose of any introduction, matching or partnering of property owners with interested start-ups or businesses for the vacant spaces and no endorsement or validation is implied or offered by Council by reason of that introduction. Participants must satisfy themselves through their own checks, enquiries and /or inspections in that regard.

Brisbane City Council provides no representation, warranty or guarantee as to any outcome, benefit or advantage, tangible or intangible, arising from or in relation to any opportunity or introduction offered, accepted or declined by a participant in the Initiative, and Brisbane City Council accepts no liability for any loss, damage, debts, costs, or expenses incurred or attaching to a participant through its involvement with this Initiative.

Last updated: 13 October 2021