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NSW Outdoor Dining

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The NSW Government encourages the establishment of outdoor dining areas across the state to create vibrant local communities and additional opportunities for food-based businesses.

To make it easier for more food business owners to offer outdoor dining, the NSW Small Business Commission developed the NSW Outdoor Dining Policy 2019 to streamline and simplify the application process. Developed in partnership with Service NSW and participating Councils, the policy is part of NSW Government's Making Business Easier program.

Small businesses can check if their Council is participating and apply online on the Service NSW website or by contacting their Council directly.

In addition, the NSW Government is running a separate, temporary 12-month trial of a streamlined application process for alfresco dining that will run until 31 October 2021. Wording from the below Policy and User Guide may be used by Councils wishing to develop or update their outdoor dining policy, provided the wording is used appropriately and the NSW Small Business Commission is acknowledged. Councils may use the diagrams from these documents, but will need to contact us to seek permission to use any of the other images.

We are also currently developing some template policy and user guide wording to further assist Councils.


Key documents

Outdoor Dining User Guide
Outdoor Dining Policy

Council on-boarding pack