Step 1 - YOU

Things you need to know

To complete this online form you will need to scan and attach the following supporting documents:

  • You must include a copy of your plan and specifications of the proposed outdoor dining area showing:
    • the location and dimensions
    • the position of furniture including tables and chairs, planter boxes and heaters
    • signage and umbrellas
    • the area either side of the boundaries (up to 10m) of the space indicating the location of all footpaths
    • public facilities, public places, streets and street alignments
    • photographs or brochures of the furniture to be set up in the proposed outdoor dining area
    • any enclosures or screens/dividers including ground and supporting fixtures.
  • Public Liability Insurance Certificate to a minimum value of $2 million.
  • Current alcohol licence for outdoor dining area (if applicable).

Please note your Outdoor Dining Permit does not permit you to serve alcohol. A separate alcohol licence is required for this. Read about applying for an alcohol licence. 

Fees you might expect

Fee for new applications in relation to any of:-
- signs on footpaths
- merchandise display
- tables and chairs on footpaths
- mobile shops
The stated administration fee plus the applicable annual fee portioned on a monthly basis $90.00
Fee for use of Garden Place
Tables & Chairs on Footpath annual fee per table $27.00

How to pay

We accept cash, and credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) payments. Please note a 1.2% surcharge applies for credit card payments. You can pay us:

By visiting

Hamilton City Council
260 Anglesea Street

By internet transfer

Direct credit payments can be made to Hamilton City Council


Particulars: Debtors
Code: W517.0010.0100
Reference: Business Trading Name

Pay online

Payment can be made by debit/credit card when applying for a permit through our online portal.

Step 2: You

The application

Apply for an outdoor dining permit


If you already have an Outdoor Dining Permit and you wish to extend it, please fill in the below application form and submit it below:


Max file size: 300 MB; Allowed extensions: pdf,doc,docx


What to expect

As part of the processing of your application a warranted officer of the Hamilton City Council may need to conduct a site visit to measure the designated area for outdoor dining.

Factors taken into consideration when approving a permit are public safety, location, time, type of activity and whether the activity will create a public nuisance.

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Last updated 7 October 2022