Outdoor dining and trading review

Published on 29 March 2023

Capaccino sitting on an outdoor table

Council is reviewing its Outdoor Dining and Trading Policy.  Outdoor dining and trading typically includes elements such as tables, chairs, barrier screens, umbrellas, A-frame signage, display stands and planter boxes on Council owned and managed roads, footpaths and land.

Mayor, Cr Brian Hood, said that outdoor dining and trading plays a vital role in fostering a strong local economy and creating welcoming places for our community and visitors.

“Council made allowances for cafes and restaurants to offer more options for outdoor dining during the COVID-19 pandemic. Outdoor dining is included in this review and we are interested to hear from the community, business operators and visitors to hear what they think as we plan for the future.”

“We want to support our towns and communities to thrive, but we also need to ensure that these activities are done safely in our shared public spaces.  This means balancing the needs and expectations our local businesses, community and visitors, and ensuring that our approach is fair and equitable,” said Cr Hood.

Businesses, visitors and the local community are encourged to have a say by completing a short survey at https://participate.hepburn.vic.gov.au/outdoor-trading.  If support is needed to complete the survey, Council will have printed copies of the survey at its libraries and hubs.

The survey closes at 12 noon on Friday 14 April.