Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Dining

Penrith City Council encourages the use of public places for outdoor dining as a means of stimulating business growth and to create vibrant local communities that enhance the amenity of public spaces and promotes social activity.

The Outdoor Dining Policy and Guidelines

The Outdoor Dining Policy and Guidelines establishes a framework under which Council will manage outdoor dining within the City. The Policy and Guidelines apply to all land within the Penrith City Council Local Government Area that is used as a public footpath, space or park and adjoining an existing approved food related business.

What approvals are required?

To be eligible for an outdoor dining permit, your business must operate in conjunction with an approved food or drink premises, including hours of operation, and meet all four permit requirements outlined in the guidelines.

All outdoor dining on public land requires Council approval. This approval is sought through the completion of an Outdoor Dining Application.

Where outdoor dining is proposed in association with a hotel, pub or small bar, a Development Application must also be submitted before lodging the Outdoor Dining Application form.

If you are not sure which approvals you require, please contact Council’s Property Development Department before submitting your application.

Fees and Charges

To view Council’s fees and charges for outdoor dining, visit the Rates, Payments & Fees webpage  

These fees and charges are reviewed each year and the annual permit fee will depend on the location and size of the outdoor dining area.

Application Requirements

Submitting the correct documents with the Outdoor Dining Application will help Council to assess the application accurately and efficiently.

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

  • a completed Outdoor Dining Application Form
  • a copy of the Public Liability Insurance Policy for the business with a minimum of $20 million cover and with Penrith City Council listed as an Interested Party
  • a location plan
  • details and images showing any furniture, umbrellas, heaters, barriers etc.
  • Outdoor Dining Adjoining Business Permission (if applicable)

The application fee is payable upon submission.

Applicants are required to lodge the completed application form and associated documents to Penrith City Council, by one of the following methods:


Post: PO Box 60 PENRITH NSW 2751

In person:
Penrith Civic Centre
601 High Street Penrith

St Marys Business Office
207-209 Queen St, St Marys

Marked Attention: Property Development

For more information contact:
Property Development Team

02 4732 7777


Food Truck Application Form

Outdoor Dining Application Form

Outdoor Dining Guidelines