The City of Greater Dandenong understands the immense impact COVID-19 has had on the hospitality sector and that local businesses are facing unique challenges. We want to make it as easy as possible for businesses to welcome the community safely back to the cafes and restaurants we know and love.
State Government grants for outdoor dining
Hospitality businesses are required to fund all aspects of Outdoor Dining themselves. The Victorian Government is providing grants of up to $5000 to help you set up your Outdoor Dining area. Further details are available about the grants program online.
Extended outdoor dining opportunities
The City of Greater Dandenong’s Extended Outdoor Dining opportunities are designed to actively support hospitality venues safely expand their outdoor dining areas into approved public spaces, and operate within the health restrictions advised by the Victorian Government.
Details about the application process, assessment criteria and decision-making framework for approving applications and issuing a permit are covered below.
Greater Dandenong Council welcomes applications from businesses to extend trading onto footpaths, streets and appropriate on-street car parking spaces, and allow customers to dine or await the purchase of consumable goods safely and at an appropriate social distance. Greater Dandenong Council will work as quickly as possible to assess your application.
The following outdoor dining options are available for businesses in Dandenong.
1. Footpath trading
Footpath trading allows you to provide outdoor dining on the footpath immediately in front of your business.
2. Expanded footpath trading to adjoining properties
This option allows businesses to apply to temporarily expand their footpath trading to the front of their neighbouring business (on either side) with their written consent.
3. Kerbside car park trading
This allows businesses that meet the criteria the opportunity to use the car parking spaces in front of their business for kerbside car park trading with the consent of neighbouring businesses.
4. Pop-up community outdoor trading
This option allows businesses to establish an outdoor dining area in designated areas.
For this option, a Footpath Trading Permit is still required but Council will assist with some of the necessary infrastructure.
Permit fees and processing times
All Footpath trading permits, and outdoor dining fees have been waived till 30 June 2022 to aid businesses through COVID-19.
Processing times will be dependent on the type of permits being sought.
Further information and resources
DISCLAIMER: Note restrictions pertaining to outdoor dining are subject to the direction of the Chief Health Officer and could change from time to time.