Apply for outdoor dining approval

Get permission to serve food and drink outdoors or host live entertainment in city centre outdoor dining areas.

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Alfresco city

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

We’re trialing a fast-tracked, free application process for outdoor dining permits. All fees will be waived until 30 June 2023. And the on-street dining program will continue until 30 April 2023.

Venues with on-street dining spaces must apply to renew their permit to be able to continue to use their on-street space until 30 April 2023. The renewal process will include a period of community consultation. 

Any new or amended permits granted during this trial period are subject to change when the trial period ends on 30 June 2023.

The temporary changes 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.

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.

Proudly funded by NSW Government

Alfresco restart rebate

If you want to create or expand your outdoor dining area, you may be eligible for a $5,000 rebate under the NSW Government’s alfresco restart package.