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Outdoor dining and parklets

Since October 2020 we’ve helped over 280 cafes, bars and restaurants in Moreland to expand outdoor dining as part of their COVID-19 recovery.  

The Love Moreland, Dine Local program has made Moreland a more attractive outdoor dining destination by supporting businesses to serve customers on footpaths, streets, carparks, and private land. 

Applications are now closed for Love Moreland, Dine Local but options to expand outdoor dining are still available to Moreland businesses and are listed below. If you'd like to discuss what options are available to your business or need help understanding permit processes please call our Business Support team on 9240 1111.

Options for outdoor dining

  • 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.

    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 teh guidelines identified in the Moreland Footpath Trading Guidelines (PDF).

    More information and instructions on how to apply are available on our Other permits for businesses page.

  • 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, the Victorian Government has made some temporary exemptions to planning permits.

    To find out if you qualify for these exemptions, read through our Planning permit exemptions factsheet (PDF). More detailed information is available in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning's Updated Planning Scheme (PDF). You can call our Planning Team for more information on 9240 1111.

  • Permits are available for new food truck or mobile food businesses and existing businesses can apply to trade in new locations on public land (if you are operating a food truck on private land this does not apply to you).

    More information about these permits is available on our Food businesses page.

Parklets

Parklets are re-purposed parking bays that are used as spaces for pedestrian activity. Parklet setups can contain things like seating, tables, greenery, and bike parking facilities. Although parklets are maintained by hosts, they are public spaces for the community to enjoy.

Anyone in the Moreland community can host a Parklet. This site needs to be located on a Council owned road, signed less than 50km/hr. For more information on site requirements, look through the Moreland Parklet Program guidelines (PDF 4Mb).

If you have questions about the program, take a look through the answers to some common questions below the video. You can also email parklets@moreland.vic.gov.au to ask specific questions.

  • Yes, you can try a parklet by applying for a short term installation which runs for 6 months. These short term installations run from July to January and then from January to July each year. This span of months allows sites to experience cool and warm weather.

    We hire out parklet furniture for short term installations so that hosts can trial a parklet before they invest in our long term stream.

  • Yes, you can design, construct and maintain your own semi-permanent parklet installation as part of our long term stream. Your setup will need to be within the Moreland Parklet Program guidelines (PDF 4Mb). The long term stream allows a parklet to be installed in a parking space out the front of a business for 1 year. The host then has the option to renew the permit annually.

    We have prepared a standard parklet design detail (PDF 126Kb) that applicants can use as part of their submission for a parklet. This document can assist you to minimise the costs associated with the need for structural engineering sign off.

  • You can email Parklets@moreland.vic.gov.au if you are interested in hosting a parklet or finding out more information.

    We recommend reading our Moreland Parklet Program guidelines (PDF 4Mb) which provide details about what locations are most suited for a parklet. The guidelines include application forms and information on the application process.