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Outdoor Dining

The City of Greater Dandenong has a number of outdoor dining options. Read more information below about these options available for businesses.

Footpath Activity

Footpath activity allows you to provide outdoor dining on the footpath immediately in front of your business.

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Note: If your business currently holds a Footpath Activity Permit, then no further approvals are required from Council to continue trading on the footpath, in accordance with your current permit.

Expanded Footpath Trading to Adjoining Properties

This option allows businesses to apply to temporarily expand their footpath activity to the front of their neighbouring business (on either side) with their written consent.

To expand your footpath activity, you will need an Expanded Footpath Activity Permit by completing the Engagement for Trading on Adjacent Frontage form below.

Engagement for Trading on Adjacent Frontage Form

Your neighbouring business must provide their written consent for you to use the space in front of their business. Complete this form and return it to Council via Customer Service Centres or post, email or fax.

A site plan should be prepared detailing the items that will be placed in your neighbour’s footpath activity area.

Kerbside Car Park Trading

This allows businesses that meet the criteria the opportunity to use the car parking spaces in front of their business for kerbside car park trading with the consent of neighbouring businesses.

Kerbside car park trading permits will only be issued, where it is safe and practicable and supported by neighbouring businesses. Expressions of Interests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by Council and may require referral to other authorities.

Pop-up Community Outdoor Trading 

This option allows businesses to establish an outdoor dining area in designated areas.

For this option, a Footpath Trading Permit is still  required but Council will assist with some of the necessary infrastructure. 

Expressions of Interest are invited by businesses with sketches of site-plans and information on how the space will work. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by Council and may require referral to other authorities.

Submit an expression of interest

Adjoining property extension engagement form - 105 KB

All Footpath Trading Permits, and outdoor dining fees have been waived till 30 June 2022 to aid businesses through COVID-19.

Processing times will be dependent on the type of permits being sought.

Next Steps

  • Talk to your neighbouring businesses and trader groups. Some non-hospitality businesses will not need the space outside their businesses for dining, and that could be used to help their neighbouring cafe or restaurant trader to expand their outdoor dining options.
  • Read Council’s Footpath Activity Guidelines Booklet - 4.8MB to ensure any purchases meet Council requirements. 
  • Safety and access - Not all streets are suitable for on-street dining. Businesses located on streets with speed limits of 50 kilometres or with limited car parking may not be suitable. In addition, you will need to consider wheelchair and pram access in your planning.


Victorian Government Grants

The Victorian Government has available a number of grants for Victorian businesses. Check out grant opportunities on the Victorian Government's website.

Before you purchase any outdoor dining items, please remember that Council conditions and performance standards still apply and if in doubt, seek Council approval prior to purchasing. It is also advised, that the number of patrons permitted (density quotient) in an outdoor area should be calculated prior to ordering any furniture for outdoor dining.

Extended Outdoor Dining Opportunities

The City of Greater Dandenong’s Extended Outdoor Dining opportunities are designed to actively support hospitality venues safely expand their outdoor dining areas into approved public spaces, and operate within the health restrictions advised by the Victorian Government.

Details about the application process, assessment criteria and decision-making framework for approving applications and issuing a permit are covered below.

Greater Dandenong Council welcomes applications from businesses to extend trading onto footpaths, streets and appropriate on-street car parking spaces, and allow customers to dine or await the purchase of consumable goods safely and at an appropriate social distance. Greater Dandenong Council will work as quickly as possible to assess your application. 

Outdoor Dining Guidelines (688KB)

Further information and resources

Coronavirus Victoria – Guidance for Food Services Sector
Hospitality Industry Restart Guidelines
Calculating the two and four square metre rule
Maximum number of patrons’ poster

DISCLAIMER:  Note restrictions pertaining to outdoor dining are subject to the direction of the Chief Health Officer and could change from time to time.