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To apply for an approval, you will need to submit a complete application to Council. The following information will assist you in ensuring your application is complete and that you consider other applications that may be required for your business.

Prior to submitting your application you should ensure the site has the relevant development approval to prevent the application being delayed.

  • Prior to submitting your application you should ensure the site has the relevant Development Approval to prevent the application being delayed.
  • Have you obtained a Food Premises licence with Council? If not, refer to the Food Business information to make an application if required.
  • Do you intend to, or already have any advertising signs erected? If yes, refer to the Advertising Signs information.
  • Do you intend to make alterations to, display or place items on the footpath (for example bollards, umbrellas, planter boxes or goods for sale)? If yes, contact Council.
  • Do you intend to build additional structures such as shade awnings? If yes, you may need to obtain building approval, either from Council or a private certifier.
  • Do you intend to sell alcohol on the premises? If yes, contact Queensland Government Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.
  • If you are registering a new business name you will need to contact Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
  • Is your business located or proposed to be located on a State Government controlled road? If yes, contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads for application information on Road Corridor Permits.
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.

Application forms are available from Council offices.
Tables and chairs on the footpath must be set out in accordance with Council requirements.

To assess the suitability of your premises, you are required to submit the following plans with your application:
  • A plan of the layout showing intended location of tables and chairs and all equipment including heaters, fans, barriers, signs, planter boxes, benches and storage cupboards to a suitable scale (e.g. 1:100).  Your plan should include:
    • a clear two metre pedestrian thoroughfare
    • site boundaries, outlines of buildings and the use of the adjoining properties
    • an outline of the area intended to be used, including its size
    • the position of tables, chairs, screens, permanent fixtures such as umbrellas and awnings, and any other fixtures
    • the access and exit points of the building near the intended footpath dining area
    • details of any loading zones, bus zones, trees, planter boxes, fire hydrants, transformers, telephone booths, mail boxes, bus seats and shelters, rubbish bins, pillars, posts and other obstructions
    • the distance of the nearest residential premises and the distance to the closest bus stop (if located within 20 metres of a bus zone).

  • In addition to submitting plans you are required to submit:
    • colour photographs or brochures of the furniture, accessories or fittings you intend to place on the footpath
    • photo of the site frontage of the area.
Check with Council to confirm what certification may be required as part of this application.
You must take out public liability insurance to a minimum value of $10 million and name Council as an interested party. A copy of this document must be submitted before your application is given approval.

You should also research all options regarding your other business insurance requirements.
You do not require any qualifications to apply for this permit.
Applications can be submitted (with the relevant fee) in person at Council offices or by surface mail.
  • You are responsible for ensuring the approval application is complete.
  • Prior to submitting your application you should ensure the site has relevant development approval to prevent the application being delayed.
  • Council will process your application within agreed time frames. You will be contacted should additional information be required to process the application.
  • You will be notified when a decision has been made regarding your application.
  • When approved, you can then carry out footpath dining in accordance with the approved application.
  • You must contact Council for an inspection and receive approval prior to commencing operation.
  • Council will inspect the premises on a regular basis.
  • As a new operator you are responsible for ensuring the approval application is complete.
  • You may apply for a search to confirm that there is a current approval and to ascertain the current level of compliance. This process may require written permission from the vendor.
  • If the nature of the business is changing you may require development approval. Contact Council prior to the lodgement of your application.
  • If you intend to alter the existing approved area you are required to submit plans to Council. For further information contact Council.
  • Council will process your application within agreed time frames. You will be contacted should additional information be required to process the application.
  • You will be notified when a decision has been made regarding your application and you can commence operations.
  • Council will inspect the premises on a regular basis.
  • You are responsible for ensuring the approval amendment application is complete.
  • You are encouraged to contact Council to discuss any changes to your business.
  • If you intend to alter the existing approved area you are required to submit plans to Council. For further information contact Council.
  • Council will process your application within agreed time frames. You will be contacted should additional information be required to process the application.
  • You will be notified when a decision has been made regarding your application.
  • Council will inspect the premises on a regular basis.