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Outdoor Dining

Adelaide is perfectly suited to outdoor dining with our warm Mediterranean climate, rich cultural diversity and access to high quality local produce and wine. Combine this with our attractive streets, public art and passionate restaurateurs and we have a recipe for success.

Hosting Outdoor Dining is essential to our streetscape, providing an enjoyable and comfortable space to socialise and unwind in the City. Council wants to make it easier for businesses to create unique and ambient outdoor dining experiences for city patrons, adding to the cultural life and vibrancy of the city. 

Smoke-Free Laws for Outdoor Dining Areas

What you need to know as a business in the City of Adelaide.

Further information can be found by visiting the SA Health website.

Who Can Apply

Food and drink businesses which occupy a ground floor establishment with street frontage can apply for an outdoor dining permit.  To ensure adequate pedestrian access at all times, some restrictions are necessary.

Some basic guidelines are:

  • Footpaths must be a minimum of 3.2m wide and may not be in a taxi or bus zone
  • New or redesigned outdoor dining areas are to be achieved with fully removable infrastructure
  • In some instances Energy Absorbing Bollards may be required
  • There are set distances required from boundaries/kerbs and infrastructure that may be in the area.

Full details can be found in the Outdoor Dining Guidelines.

Council Decision to waive Outdoor Dining fees for 2016/17

City of Adelaide recently endorsed the waiving of Outdoor Dining Permit fees for the 2016/17 financial year, for permit holders that comply with Council’s Outdoor Dining Guidelines. This decision was made to proactively support businesses, while promoting and supporting a high quality approach to Outdoor Dining and encouraging compliance with our Guidelines.

By way of information, the current Outdoor Dining Guidelines were adopted in September 2014. Since this time Council has not supported the use of fixed infrastructure within outdoor dining areas. As a result outdoor dining areas that gained approval prior to September 2014 may no longer meet the current Outdoor Dining Guidelines.

Businesses may still be required to pay Outdoor Dining Permit fees at renewal in August if the outdoor dining area:

  • Includes fixed infrastructure such as, tables, chairs, glass screens, blinds that run perpendicular to the kerbside and vertical blinds that meet glass screens.
  • Includes additional non-fixed infrastructure that is not currently approved within the Outdoor Dining Permit.
  • Is otherwise non-compliant with the guidelines.

Council will advise if you are eligible to qualify for the waiver of the 16/17 Outdoor Dining renewal fees.

Should you be advised that you do not qualify for the waive of the Outdoor Dining fees, Council will provide support and advice on the amendments that are required if you wish to take advantage of this year’s fee waive.

Should you have any questions please contact the Customer Centre on 8203 7203 or email

How to Apply

If you are still in the process of selecting or not yet signed contracts for your business premises, please contact Enterprise Adelaide via email or phone 08 8203 7001. 

If you have already selected and signed contracts for your business premises, please complete the online form below.


In the meantime, if you require any further assistance, please contact the Customer Centre on 8203 7203.

 Capital City, Main Street and Other Areas are defined in the attached map.

Please note that umbrellas and planter boxes and other objects attract no fee but need to be listed on the permit and noted on the plan submitted with application - refer to Outdoor Dining Guidelines.


All applications for Outdoor Dining Permits are assessed on a case by case basis. Special Conditions may be attached to individual permits if needed or if conditional approval is available.

Development Approval is required for semi-fixed outdoor dining structures.

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