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22 October 2020

Relaxing Requirements for Outdoor Dining

Following this week’s earlier announcement by Premier Andrews that on 1 November restrictions relating to on-premises dining for hospitality businesses will be gradually lifted, the Victorian Government has made further steps to ensure the that outdoor dining provision can be streamlined by removing the need for planning permits.

As part of Amendment VC193 which will be gazetted later today, existing pubs, restaurants, cafes and other food and drink venues can use existing outdoor spaces, as well as nearby parks and public land to accommodate and serve patrons without the need for a planning permit.

The amendment will also remove the need to obtain planning permits for construction of temporary buildings, the provision of car parking, and in some circumstances, the sale and consumption of liquor. Further to this, temporary liquor license applications have also been fast-tracked from up to eight weeks down to just three business days to assist business who serve liquor, including for outdoor spaces that will be able to be utilised as part of the planning changes under Amendment VC193.

This is a significant move that will provide greater certainty for venue operators over the next 12 months, allowing greater flexibility for businesses to maximise patron capacities set down by the state government as it moves along the roadmap to a COVID normal. It’s great to see hospitality traders will be able to access a more streamlined system when it comes to re-opening, but we note there are still local law requirements to be met for any private use of public land, such as parks or street spaces. As more information comes to hand, Ratio will be able to assist with any of your planning questions.

If you require any further advice or assistance please contact us.


Author: Grant Logan, Associate: Planning


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