Outdoor eating areas (alfresco activities)

Outdoor or ‘alfresco’ eating refers to an area in which tables, chairs and other structures are provided for the consumption of food or drink on public land, such as within the verge, adding vibrancy and activity to an area.

Approval is required before a business can provide an outdoor eating area. The City assesses applications for outdoor eating areas by considering the potential effect of such use on the amenity, function and character of an area.

Planning requirements

Development (planning) approval is required for an outdoor eating area. Please refer to the Development (Planning) Approval Checklist – Alfresco Activities for application requirements.

Fees are in accordance with the Planning Services Schedule of Fees and Charges.

The City’s Alfresco Activities Policy provides information on the planning requirements for outdoor eating areas.

Environmental health requirements

An Outdoor Eating Permit is also required to operate an outdoor eating area that is located on public land, such as footpaths. Details that are required to be submitted with a new application are available within the City’s Outdoor Eating Checklist.

Outdoor Eating Permits are required to be issued annually.

Application, Permit and Use of Land fees can be viewed in the Environmental Health Schedule of Fees and Charges.