NSW Outdoor Dining Trial

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In September 2017, the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner, in partnership Service NSW, launched the nine month trial of the Interim Outdoor Dining Policy. This trial builds on the successful Easy to do Business initiative.

The trial provides a fast, streamlined self-assessment application process to enable restaurants, caf├ęs and other food-based businesses to expand operations.

Participating businesses will benefit from:

  • a streamlined and simplified approach for outdoor dining approvals
  • user-friendly, assessment and approval
  • lower costs and compliance burdens.

Trial locations

The initial scope of the trial covers designated locations within six Local Government Areas.

Check the location maps below to see whether your business is located in one of the trial areas.

Over the coming months more councils will be encouraged to participate in the trial, which will run until July 2018.

Key documents

How to apply

Step 1: Check that your business is located in a nominated trial location (see maps above).

Step 2: Read the Interim Outdoor Dining User Guide and Interim Outdoor Dining Policy to check your eligibility.

Step 3: Perform a self-assessment using the five permit requirements list in the Interim Outdoor Dining User Guide.

Step 4: Complete an application form by visiting the Service NSW website.


For enquiries or additional information, visit the Service NSW website.