Fees Dropped for Outdoor Cafes

Newcastle Council has removed outdoor dining fees for restaurateurs.

An amendment to the City’s Outdoor Trading Policy will save inner-city businesses $115 a year for each square metre they host patrons outdoors, and $65/sqm for businesses elsewhere in Newcastle.   

Waiving outdoor trading fees will hopefully encourage cafes, restaurants and other eateries to expand trading onto footpaths,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

At current outdoor trading levels, small businesses will save a total of around $130,000 a year, money they will no doubt invest back into their businesses to making their offerings even more appealing to customers.”

The City issued 129 approvals for people or organisations to trade outdoors in 2018/2019, drawing $129,421 in revenue.

The fees will be scrapped from 1 July 2020. This follows a recommendation in the 2019 NSW Outdoor Dining Policy by the State’s Small Business Commissioner to waive Council or State Government fees for businesses seeking a permit to trade outside.

A notice of motion supported by council at its August 2019 meeting (to receive a report on the NSW Outdoor Dining Policy) resulted in last night’s amendment to the City’s 2018 Outdoor Trading Policy.

Fees for the installation of permanent footpath markers indicating outdoor trading areas will remain in place. This is a one-off cost of $170 for new applicants hoping to open areas not previously approved for dining.