Outdoor dining

Overview

As the Victorian Government moves towards the easing of restrictions, we are reviewing several outdoor activities to support local businesses establish and expand their outdoor trading this summer.

 

Footpath trading

Footpath trading refers to using part of the footpath directly in front of your business for activities such as:

  • outdoor dining
  • selling products
  • displaying signage.

How do I apply?

Complete the footpath activities permit application and provide:

  • a site plan of the footpath area
  • a certificate of currency for at least $20m public liability cover
  • a form of indemnity

If you already have a permit, you may use the footpath for outdoor trading. No further action is needed.

To renew your existing permit, complete the footpath activities renewal form.

What are the fees?

Fees for the 2022/23 permit period:

A Frame/Tear Drop Sign                           $196 
Display Goods $422
Display Goods and Sign $486 
Tables and Chairs (Up to 8 chairs) $422 
Each Additional Chair $84 

 

Expanded footpath trading

Expanded Footpath Trading refers to expanding your footpath trading zone to the footpath in front of an adjacent business.

How do I apply?

Fill out the expanded footpath trading application form and provide:

What are the fees?

There are no additional fees for the expanded footpath trading permit.

Parklet program (adjacent kerbside car park trading)

A parklet allows hospitality businesses to extend their outdoor dining to car park spaces. If you have car park spaces directly adjacent to your business, you may be eligible for a parklet.

How do I apply?

Applications have closed for 2022.

What are the fees?

Fees are listed in our Parklet Guidelines(PDF, 6MB).

 

To learn more about the program, view the Parklet Policy(PDF, 210KB) and Parklet Guidelines(PDF, 6MB).

If you have a question about the parklet program, contact the Business team on 9581 4734 or business@kingston.vic.gov.au.

 

Outdoor dining pop up

Outdoor dining pop ups support hospitality businesses temporarily move from an indoor setting to an outdoor pop up on Council-owned land.

Am I eligible?

Your Pop-Up must meet these conditions:

  • have tables, chairs, lighting, umbrellas only (no marquee, kitchen, bar)
  • have no more than four trading days per week
  • have all furniture (tables, chairs etc) removed outside business hours
  • have a seating capacity no greater than your business premises.

How do I apply?

Fill out the outdoor dining pop up application form and provide:

  • a site plan of the area
  • a certificate of currency for at least $20m public liability cover
  • a form of indemnity

If your Pop Up does not meet the above conditions, you can apply to use council land.

This includes Pop Ups that have:

  • an enclosed marquee, kitchen, or bar
  • more than four trading days per week
  • a seating capacity greater than your business premises.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for an Outdoor Dining Pop Up, contact the Events team on 1300 653 356 or events@kingston.vic.gov.au.

 

Frequently asked questions

Can I serve alcohol in my footpath zone, parklet or pop up?

If you have a liquor license, you can apply for an outdoor area temporary licence. To learn more, visit the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

How long will it take to process my application?

We aim to fast track all applications. Footpath Trading and Expanded Footpath Trading applications are best placed for quick approval. Applications for Parklets and Outdoor Dining Pop Ups may take longer.

Can I access state government support?

If you require support, please visit business.vic.gov.au.