Melbourne is open for business, shopping, dining, exploration and of course, coffee.

Our extended outdoor dining program was designed to help local hospitality businesses welcome the community safely back to the cafes and restaurants we know and love.

From 22 February to 7 March we asked how you've received the program – what you’ve enjoyed and what we could improve. Consultation has now closed.

In October 2020 we established the extended outdoor dining program to support business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We fast-tracked permits enabling businesses to create innovative outdoor dining spaces in laneways, on footpaths and in on-street car spaces which we’ve called ‘parklets’.

We installed safety infrastructure such as barriers and planter boxes to ensure workers and customers were protected from traffic, and maintained a strict cleaning, watering and maintenance schedule.

We consulted with residents and businesses before and during the program and set up designated hotlines for each.

Consultation closed



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Consultation with Victorian Government

    Consultation to mobilise a temporary extended outdoor dining program to support hospitality industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    August 2020

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Consultation with stakeholders

    Consultation with businesses, Victoria Police, precinct associations and resident groups.

    September 2020

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Extended outdoor dining program commences

    October 2020

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Program extension endorsed by Future Melbourne Committee

    Future Melbourne Committee endorsement to extend current program to 30 June 2021, while also seeking an evaluation of the program to be presented to Council in March 2021.

    16 February 2021

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Community consultation

    Evaluation of current program, including business and community surveys.

    22 February to 7 March 2021

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Evaluation results to be considered by Council

    30 March 2021

Contact us

Have questions or want to learn more about the project?