Apply to extend your outdoor dining
Applications for Round 2 of our Outdoor Dining program are now open!
Our Love Merri-bek, Dine Local initiative has helped businesses all over Merri-bek extend their outdoor dining so they can serve more patrons in a CovidSafe way.
We have received a second round of funding through the State Government's Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package and have launched round 2 of Love Merri-bek, Dine Local.
If you have outdoor dining permits, including parklets and road closures, you are eligible to renew for another 12 months (or a timeframe of your choice up until 30 June 2022). Aplications for new outdoor dining are now open.
Permit applications will be fast tracked and most permit fees will be waived if you apply by 15 May 2021.
Please note, for round 2 some options have changed and applications processes have been streamlined.
How do I know which option works best for me?
Work through each option in order, starting at option 1, and assess your eligibility. The options are listed from the simplest and cheapest, through to more complex, costly and time intensive. For more detailed information before you apply, please read our Love Merri-bek, Dine Local Round 2 Guidelines.
What permits do I need and how much will it cost?
As part of our commitment to supporting businesses through this difficult time we are making it easier for you to expand your outdoor dining.
- Moreland permits associated with outdoor dining will be fast-tracked.
- The majority of Merri-bek permits will have no application fees, if applications are lodged before 15 May 2021.
- Permits will be valid until 30 June 2022.
- Option 1 - Outdoor dining on the footpath outside your own or a neighbouring business
Set up outdoor dining on the footpath in front of your business and/or a consenting neighbouring business. This is the simplest and fastest option for outdoor dining. We encourage you to explore this as an option and apply for the relevant permits as a first step.
Permit fees for footpath trading will be waived until 30 June 2022 for all applications lodged before 15 May 2021.
If you have a footpath trading permit for the front of your business, you can apply to extend your footpath trading area. If you do not currently have a footpath trading permit, and your property fits the criteria, you can apply now.
To be eligible for footpath dining the area must meet Merri-bek Footpath Trading Guidelines.
How to apply for footpath trading
- Read the Footpath Trading Guidelines to determine your eligibility
- Apply for a Footpath Trading Permit or Extension to Footpath Trading Permit.
- Your permit will be fast tracked, assessed and issued within 1 week.
- Option 2 - Parklets - converting parking bays to dining areas
An on-street parking bay in front of your business can be converted into an outdoor dining space with our expansion of Merri-bek’s successful Parklet Program. We will waive permit fees, and grants are available for Long Term Parklets.
3 options are available:
A temporary parklet includes planter boxes and safety barriers to section off the parking area with equipment owned and installed by us, availble until 30 June 2022.
A short term parklet can by hired from us for 6 months at a time. We will install the parklet, inlcuding bench seats and planter boxes. This is a good option to try a parklet before comitting to a long term solution.
A long-term parklet can be designed and installed by you within the guildelines and can, after review, extend beyond the pandemic response period and become a more permanent fixture.
Whilst awaiting installation of short or long term parlets you may be eligible for a temporary parklet.
We encourage 2 or more businesses to collaborate and apply for an extended parklet. If eligible we will install an extended platform along a section of street-parking that will serve as a combined dining area.
To be eligible for a Parklet the parking bay must meet the Moreland Parklet Program guidelines (PDF 4Mb).
The parking bay must:
- Be located on a Council owned straight section of road with a speed limit of 50km/h (or less).
- Not sit within a clearway or contain service pit lids, fire hydrants or drains.
- Be 10 metres from an intersection and 20 metres from a signalised intersection.
We will evaluate site specific considerations on a case by case basis.
Visit our Parklet Program page for more information.
- Option 3 - Outdoor dining on private land
You may be able to expand your outdoor dining onto previously unused private land, such as a carpark or a neighbouring property.
To make it easier for hospitality businesses to do this, we have made some temporary exemptions to planning permits.
To find out if you qualify for these exemptions view our planning permit exemptions factsheet. More detailed information is available in the updated Planning Scheme or you can call our Planning Team on 9240 1111.
- Option 4 - New food truck or mobile dining areas
Permits are available for new food truck or mobile food businesses and existing businesses can apply to trade in new locations.
New location fees are waived until 30 June 2021 for businesses registered to addresses in Merri-bek.
Visit the Roadside Trading Permit page for more information.
- What other help can I get?