To use the footpath area outside a cafe or restaurant to place tables and chairs for an outdoor eating area, you must apply to council for approval under the Roads Act.
Outdoor eating areas can only be directly outside your own business.
When council receives your application, the area you wish to use will be assessed to check that it is suitable and meets Council's Environmental Specifications (2007 Outdoor Eating Areas Specification).
If approval is given you will receive an approval letter confirming the approved area and rental fee. You will be asked to pay a security deposit equivalent to 3 months rental and your first rental fee.
You can elect to pay your fee annually, quarterly or monthly.
The application fee is $260.
Rental fees are determined by the business locality and area approved and detailed in Council's Schedule of Fees and Charges.
Application for outdoor eating area permit
Policies and documents
Schedule of Fees and Charges
2007 Outdoor Eating Areas Specification
Outdoor Eating Area Permit
Enquiries can be directed to Property Officer on 9710 0151 or 9710 0487 or