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NSW Outdoor Dining

Outdoor cafe seating Balmain

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.


“Maitland managed to approve outdoor dining for a business that  had previously found the process difficult to understand and consequently hadn’t applied until the trial commenced. The business was very impressed when they secured their licence within two days.”

Maitland City Council


Key documents

Outdoor Dining User Guide
Outdoor Dining Policy

The Council on-boarding Pack