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Outdoor dining

Outdoor dining contributes to the vitality and cultural life within the Central Business Districts (CBDs) of the Campbelltown LGA.

All food premises that intend to provide seating on the public footpath for the purpose of oudoor dining are required to obtain a permit from Council beforehand. An annual permit shall be obtained from Council prior to operating outdoor dining on Council's footpath.

Outdoor dining requirements

Permit holders for outdoor dining must comply with the following:

  • Must not compromise pedestrian access or safety (wheelchairs/scooters/prams etc must be able to access the footpath and move through easily)
  • Outdoor dining area to be sympathetic to the surrounding streetscape
  • Provide a safe, comfortable and attractive environment to patrons and the general public
  • Not unreasonably interfere with other commercial amenity
  • Outdoor dining area must be located adjacent to the frontage of the premises (and not extend beyond the boundary line of the shop front)
  • Footpath must be a minimum of 3.5 metres wide and allow for a minimum of 2.4 metres of unobstructed pedestrian access at all times
  • Advertising within the outdoor dining area shall comply with the relevant permit
  • The hours of use must not exceed the hours permitted under any related development consent
  • A Liquor Licence must be held to serve alcohol (and a copy submitted with the outdoor dining application), that extends to cover the outdoor dining area for the life of the outdoor dining permit
  • Live entertainment or amplified music is not permitted in the outdoor dining area (unless otherwise permitted under the Street Trading Policy)
  • The permit holder is responsible for good conduct of patrons and staff at all times
  • Noise levels must be kept to a minimum
  • Ensure compliance with the Companion Animals Act 1998 which only allows animals of genuine assistance to disabled persons in food consumption areas
  • Adequate lighting must be provided
  • Waste and litter generated must be disposed of lawfully and the area kept clear of waste
  • The permitted outdoor dining area shall be marked in a manner authorised by Council
  • Public Liability Insurance must be submitted with the application and maintained in accordance with Council's Street Trading Policy requirements.

For full details on requirements, refer to Section 6.6 (relating to Outdoor Dining from page 16) of the Street Trading Policy.(1MB, PDF)

Council reserves the right to carry out any type of maintenance work in or around the approved area at any time and will not accept any liability for interruption to business caused by such works or inclement weather.

Locations that may be considered suitable for outdoor dining include areas that have wide footpaths, street malls and open space.

Unsuitable locations for outdoor dining include areas that have a steep incline or uneven surfaces, unsuitable for the placement of furniture, narrow footpaths or corner intersections with high traffic flow.

Outdoor dining furniture

The business owner is responsible for all outdoor furniture and furnishings associated with outdoor dining. The furniture and furnishings shall be of a safe design, enhance the street environment and integrate well with the existing surroundings.

The use of the following may be approved for use with conditions:

  • Planter boxes
  • Balustrade sections
  • Heaters
  • Umbrellas

For more complex applications that propose permanent structures/stalls to be installed on the public footpath, a Development Application may be required to be submitted to Council.

For full details on requirements, refer to the Street Trading Policy(1MB, PDF).

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