Apply for outdoor dining approval

Get permission to serve food and drink outdoors.

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To help hospitality venues recover from the devastating effects of Covid-19, we’re continuing to work with the NSW Government to provide venues with more options to cater for more customers.

We created a fast-tracked, free application process for outdoor dining permits and we’re trialling several temporary changes to our outdoor dining rules. We’re also continuing to waive fees until 30 June 2025. 

The temporary changes to our outdoor dining guidelines allow some venues to:

  • increase the space they use on footpaths
  • extend their trading hours
  • apply to use on-street car parking space for outdoor dining
  • host live entertainment in outdoor dining areas.

Venues with on-street dining permits currently have approval to use these areas until 30 April 2023.

Due to the popularity of the on-street dining spaces, we’re currently investigating opportunities for making some of these spaces permanent. We’ll report back to Council on this in early 2023.

Who’s eligible to apply

  • Cafes, bars, restaurants and cultural venues that already have an outdoor dining permit can apply to:
    • change their current permit so they can potentially trade for more hours and extend their dining space
    • take over car parking space for outdoor dining.
  • Cafes, bars, restaurants and cultural venues that currently don’t trade outdoors and that serve food for eating at the premises can apply for:
    • a footpath dining permit
    • take over car parking space for outdoor dining.

Venues in the following areas need to contact Place Management NSW:

  • Darling Harbour
  • The Rocks.

Venues in Barangaroo may be serviced by Place Management NSW or Infrastructure NSW depending on their location. Contact either and you’ll be pointed in the right direction for your location.

Assessment criteria

All outdoor dining permits will be assessed against the following:

  • Is the venue within the City of Sydney local area and does it have development consent to serve food for eating at the premises?
  • Will the extension to your trading parameters still allow adequate access for pedestrians, residents and essential vehicles?
  • What will the impact be on local residents?

For more information on outdoor dining permits, including fees, call us on 02 9265 9333.

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