Outdoor Dining

Outdoor dining in the City

Public consultation has now closed

Thank you for your feedback on the City of Perth’s draft Outdoor Dining Policy and Guidelines.

The City will consider the feedback before any final changes to the policy before being endorsed by Council.


The City of Perth was seeking the public to provide feedback to its draft Outdoor Dining Policy and Guidelines, in an effort to help drive activation and vitality in streets, malls and laneways.

To modernise the City’s Alfresco Dining Local Law 2009 and Alfresco Dining 2000 policy, a survey was undertaken in July 2017 to seek community feedback on the future of outdoor dining. The survey was open to businesses, property owners, city workers, residents, regular visitors and tourists with 243 responses received in total.

The City has already implemented changes that were identified in this survey. Notably reduced rates, the option of a payment plan and three-yearly renewal, beverage preparation, service, and consumption whilst standing permitted, and the allowance for serving pre-packaged food.

The revised Draft Policy and Guidelines have captured ideas and information from the survey. Analysis of the data showed that footpath access and circulation (53 comments), shelter items such as shades and umbrellas (43 comments), and furniture and design (32 comments) were key concerns of the respondents. There was desire for a simplified response to the condition and quality of outdoor dining areas.

The policy and guidelines respond to design and operational requirements to ensure essential services, and high-quality streetscapes and public places are delivered to our community. They will assist business owners create and manage high quality outdoor dining areas and support them in complying with the City’s Outdoor Dining Policy.

Community feedback was sought on the policy and guidelines, and will consider it in the context of city streets and their competing uses and functions.


Public consultation has now closed

Thank you for your feedback on the City of Perth’s draft Outdoor Dining Policy and Guidelines.

The City will consider the feedback before any final changes to the policy before being endorsed by Council.


The City of Perth was seeking the public to provide feedback to its draft Outdoor Dining Policy and Guidelines, in an effort to help drive activation and vitality in streets, malls and laneways.

To modernise the City’s Alfresco Dining Local Law 2009 and Alfresco Dining 2000 policy, a survey was undertaken in July 2017 to seek community feedback on the future of outdoor dining. The survey was open to businesses, property owners, city workers, residents, regular visitors and tourists with 243 responses received in total.

The City has already implemented changes that were identified in this survey. Notably reduced rates, the option of a payment plan and three-yearly renewal, beverage preparation, service, and consumption whilst standing permitted, and the allowance for serving pre-packaged food.

The revised Draft Policy and Guidelines have captured ideas and information from the survey. Analysis of the data showed that footpath access and circulation (53 comments), shelter items such as shades and umbrellas (43 comments), and furniture and design (32 comments) were key concerns of the respondents. There was desire for a simplified response to the condition and quality of outdoor dining areas.

The policy and guidelines respond to design and operational requirements to ensure essential services, and high-quality streetscapes and public places are delivered to our community. They will assist business owners create and manage high quality outdoor dining areas and support them in complying with the City’s Outdoor Dining Policy.

Community feedback was sought on the policy and guidelines, and will consider it in the context of city streets and their competing uses and functions.