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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.
Commercial supply of goods or services (including food or drink or both) on land under the control of Council.
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.
For previously Esk regional Council,
  • when placing of a maximum of 2 tables and associated chairs, or chairs and benches without a table, outside a convenience, takeaway or general store (footpath food consumption) provided the tables do not extend more than 600 mm onto the road from the property alignment,
  • and there is a clear unobstructed pedestrian clearway for a prescribed distance. 
  • No exemptions under Councils local law. (Kilcoy)