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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.

Outdoor Dining Fees 2017-18

Outdoor Dining per square metre – Central Activities and Main Streets Per annum $39.00
Outdoor Dining per square metre – Other areas Per annum $34.00
Planter boxes Per permit $0.00
Blinds per lineal metre Per annum $43.50
Screens per lineal metre Per annum $43.50
Fixed furniture levy per square metre Per annum $5.00
Transfer of permit Per permit $104.00
Application fee* Per application $350.00

*Please note that if an application for Outdoor Dining is being made for a premise that has not had Outdoor Dining in use for a period longer than two years, the application fee will be waived along with a one year waive of all associated outdoor dining fees.

Should you have any questions please contact the Customer Centre on 8203 7203 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 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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