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The main purpose of regulating footpath/roadside dining is to ensure these activities are carried out in a safe manner for diners and pedestrians. Council is required to monitor the standard of operations in food premises that provide footpath/roadside dining. Compliance with Council's requirements will assist you in providing a safe footpath/roadside dining environment for your customers. If your specific questions are not answered on this site, contact Council.
The applicant for a licence must be a legal entity, for example, person(s) or a company. Note - a business name or shop name is not a legal entity and cannot be the licence holder.

A business that provides tables or chairs on public land for outdoor dining requires an approval from Council.

'Public Land' includes a public footpath.


Standard conditions applied to this permit include:

1. A 2m wide clearway for pedestrians must be maintained at all times.

2.  The permit holder must hold a public liability insurance of not less than 5 million dollars.

3.  The permit holder is to provide and maintain receptacles for waste and to clean the area thoroughly at the conclusion of business on each day.

4.  Provide suitable barriers to protect diners from passing vehicles.

5.  Permit holder must indemnify Council and State Government (if applicable) against any damages.


A food business that provides tables and chairs for outdoor dining in the following examples does not require an approval from Council:
  • facilities provided on private land.