Outdoor dining fees and permits

Published on 20 June 2022

Ladies and baby seated at table in outdoor dining area

In 2021, the City of Unley put measures in place to assist business owners during the COVID-19 closures, which impacted a range of businesses. These measures included the potential for businesses to defer payment of some fees and rates for those who applied for hardship assistance, and, for food and beverage operators, Council voted to waive the fees for outdoor dining permits.

The City of Unley is aware that food and hospitality businesses have been hit hard during the pandemic and has decided to keep outdoor dining permit fees at half (50%) of their normal rate to assist café and restaurant owners reduce their overheads. This initiative also helps activate footpath areas outside food businesses in our popular main-street precincts.

For those businesses considering outdoor dining, the Footpath Trading Guidelines provide the framework for how the permits are assessed. They provide an overview of what is required to ensure safety for both traders and patrons when expanding your business into the public realm.

Council continues to consider ways it can support and stimulate our businesses and the local economy, and we regularly consult with businesses and Mainstreet Associations from all our popular precincts.

However, we are always pleased to receive comments, suggestions, and feedback from any business operator. So, if you have an idea to put forward which could help your business or the wider business community, please speak with our Manager Economic Development & Strategic Projects.

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