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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.

In the Sunshine Coast region a permit is required:

  • for a business that provides tables and chairs on public land for outdoor dining
  • where an area is made available to the public to consume food or drinks
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.

In the Sunshine Coast region, outdoor dining on private land does not require a permit from Council. Planning approval may be required. Please contact Council for more information.