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: new opportunities

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 trialling a fast-tracked, free application process for outdoor dining permits. The trial will run until 30 June 2022. Any new or amended permits granted during this trial period are subject to change when the trial period ends on 30 June 2022.

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.

All venues need to have a current Covid-19 safety plan in place, electronic check-in facilities, and follow the latest public health orders.

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?
  • How will your venue be able to accommodate patron safety and physical distancing?
  • 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?
  • Does the business have a Covid safe plan?

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.