Approval for Outdoor Dining in a Public Place - Council of the City of Sydney - New South Wales


You need this approval to use a footpath for restaurant purposes, such as for alfresco dining. An alfresco dining area is an outside eating area adjoining a shop, cafe or restaurant where tables, chairs and other structures are provided for use by patrons while they are consuming food or drinks.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval, you may need to submit a development application, as well as a footway usage (outdoor dining) application.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the approval (not exceeding seven years)


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Application fees:

  • administration fee - $350.00
  • assessment for footway and roadway usage fee - $300.00
  • notification for footway and roadway usage fee - $150.00.

Fees for 2023-24

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Rental fees per square metre for use of footway and roadway areas (outdoor dining):

  • zone 1 - Circular Quay, City Centre - $730.00
  • zone 1a - Darlinghurst, Woolloomoollo, South Sydney (East) - $355.00
  • zone 2 - Pyrmont, Ultimo, Chippendale, King Street, Newtown, and Glebe Point Road - $260.00
  • zone 3 - South Sydney (South) - $210.00
  • zone 4 - Glebe, Forest Lodge - $155.00
  • zone 5 - Regent Street and Redfern Street, Redfern - $185.00
  • zone 6 - Darlinghurst Road and William Street - $270.00
  • zone 6a - Oxford street - $265.00
  • zone 7 - various CBD laneways - $155.00.

Fees for 2023-24

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Security deposit - $500 or 3 months licence fee, whichever is greater. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Roads Act 1993 New South Wales

Administering agency

Council of the City of Sydney

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.