NSW Outdoor Dining Trial

Outdoor dining

Get your outdoor dining approval

If you want outdoor dining for your business you need to gain approval through your local council. We can make this quicker and easier when you apply through Service NSW. The NSW Small Business Commissioner is partnering with Service NSW to provide you with a free and streamlined application experience.

How to apply

Complete an online application form from the Service NSW website

Trial locations

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

Key documents


Bringing the Indoor Out

The future of outdoor dining fees in NSW

The NSW Small Business Commissioner is seeking your feedback on fees on outdoor dining, and the position outlined in the papers below.

Since September 2017, our Outdoor Dining Trial has provided outdoor dining permits on a fee-free basis in participating Council areas. We consider that the fee-free arrangements of the trial should be expanded, on an opt-in basis, to form part of the NSW Outdoor Dining Policy to be launched in early 2019.

The concept of ‘fee-free’ is fundamental to the approach taken by Easy to do Business. In our view, adopting the NSW Outdoor Dining Policy will deliver sufficient benefits to Councils through operational efficiencies, and to the community through a more vibrant local economy and sense of place, to warrant providing businesses in participating Councils access to outdoor dining on a fee-free basis.

Please provide your feedback by Friday 23 November 2018 using the below form. Submissions will be published online.


Position paper submission

Submissions close at 5.00 pm on Friday 23 November 2018.

Important information about this form

You cannot save a draft of this form and access it later — you will need to create and submit the form in one session.

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