Footpath dining permit (Sunshine Coast) - Queensland

Service summary

Requirements for this licence vary within the council areas.

A food business that provides tables and chairs on public land for outdoor dining in the following examples requires an approval from Council:

Caloundra area:

All outdoor dining facilities provided on land under the control of council.

Please note:

  • approval will only be granted for outdoor dining on footways adjacent to licensed food businesses.
  • tables must not exceed 1.5 square metres in area and be stable, safety constructed, properly secured and in good order.
  • chairs and tables must be located so that a clear unobstructed pedestrian corridor of at least 1.8 metres in width is provided on the footway and must also be at least 0.8 metres from the edge of the footway where it adjoins the road.

Maroochydore/Nambour area:

Cafes, restaurants, snack bars, coffee shops and the like who provide amenities on the footpath for the consumption of food and drinks by their clients.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Before you can obtain this permit you need to have the following:

  • food business licence
  • public liability insurance
  • liquor licence from Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, if necessary.



Council determines the length of this approval.


Caloundra area:

You can obtain this licence by completing a Footpath Dining (former Caloundra area) application and submitting it to council.

Maroochy area:

You can obtain this licence by completing a Footpath Dining (former Maroochy geographical area) application and submitting it to Council.

Additional requirements to be submitted with your application form:

  • detailed site plan to scale
  • photographs of site
  • photographs of each individual furniture item proposed to be used in the trading area
  • copy of Certificate of Currency (Public Liability Insurance) for a minimum $20 million ($20,000,000) noting the Sunshine Coast Regional Council as an interested party against any claims and cover the situation occupied by the footpath activity
  • complete the indemnity form attached to the application
  • provide the non-refundable application fees (as indicated by council).

For further information contact council.

Additional information

Precinct area permits apply only to businesses operating in areas classified as a Footpath Dining Precinct as shown in the maps of schedule 1 of the Footpath Dining and Trading Policy. Footpath Dining Precincts are currently located within Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland, Cotton Tree and Coolum.

Administering agency

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Local law(s) name

Sunshine Coast Regional Council - Local Law 1 (Administration) 2011

Contact details

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Mailing address:
Locked Mail Bag 72
Sunshine Coast MC
Queensland 4560


07 5475 7272


07 5475 7277


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Nambour Office, Service centre and administration building
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Operating address:
Cnr Currie and Bury Streets
Nambour Queensland 4560

Maroochydore Office, Service centre only
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Operating address:
10 First Avenue
Maroochydore, Queensland 4558

Caloundra office, Service centre and administration building
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Operating address:
1 Omrah Avenue
Caloundra, Queensland 4551

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