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Business community embraces flexible outdoor dining options
Monday 9 March 2015
 

nullSince the introduction of two trial outdoor dining permit options in late 2014, the City of Subiaco has seen a 100 per cent success rate among local restaurateurs choosing to retain an alfresco dining area at their business, at the conclusion of their trial periods.

The cheaper and more flexible, ‘festive season’ and ‘short term’ outdoor dining permits were introduced by the city as part of a strategy to encourage more local businesses to operate street trading and alfresco dining areas at their premises.

Festive season licences cost just $25 and allowed businesses to operate a temporary outdoor dining area over the busy festive period from Monday 1 December 2014 to Saturday 31 January 2015, whilst the short term permit option allowed restaaurants and eateries the chance to trial an alfresco dining area for a three month period. Applicants for this permit paid the standard application fee of $200, but all other permit fees were waived.

At the conclusion of the trial periods, businesses who wished to continue offering an alfresco option to their customers could choose to apply for an annual permit, paying the pro-rata permit fee for the remainder of the financial year.

As at 23 February 2015, all Subiaco businesses who trialled either the festive season or short term outdoor dining permit options had subsequently chosen to apply for an annual licence.

Council resolved to introduce the new permits in September 2014 as part of a review of all outdoor dining, street trading and street market fees. Other changes included a reduction in application and permit fees overall and a change in calculating alfresco dining fees, from a per chair basis to per metres squared.

Festive season permits will be made available again for the 2015/16 summer festive period, while the three month short term outdoor dining permit is available year-round. For more information, or to discuss an application, contact the city on 9237 9222 or visit the Outdoor dining and street trading page.