Alfresco dining application fees slashed

The City of Melville has announced a significant reduction in alfresco dining application fees, encouraging local businesses to apply and utilise outdoor alfresco space for extra seating, creating more vibrant, prosperous places.

Fees are now fixed at $240 per annum regardless of the proposed alfresco area size and a low application fee of $110, with annual renewals only $55 per annum, helping local eateries reap the rewards of extra seating without increasing overheads.

City of Melville Deputy Mayor Cameron Schuster said lower fees would invigorate local businesses to provide outdoor dining facilities, and boost their potential for revenue by attracting more customers.

“Making the alfresco dining permits cheaper will help to create a more vibrant and connected community, which is one of the City’s key aspirations,” said Deputy Mayor Schuster.

“Perth’s beautiful weather is ideal for outdoor dining and local businesses can expect an increase in customers if alfresco dining areas are provided, giving customers the chance to bask in the sunshine during the day or feast under the stars at night.

“Pop up food stalls, food trucks and food markets continue to grow in popularity, showing a trend in outdoor, casual dining. For our local businesses to compete with this trend, attractive alfresco dining facilities could be the way to go.

“For business owners that are time poor, the new online application and payment facilities ensure that it’s quick and easy to apply, and with faster approvals local businesses could reap the profits of alfresco dining sooner.”

Early indications from the review of the Strategic Community Plan conducted earlier this year suggested the community wanted the City to focus on growth and prosperity, in particular increasing the variety of local eateries, especially café’s, within walking or cycling distance from home or work.

Deputy Mayor Schuster said an increase in alfresco dining facilities would help realise the City’s recently adopted Local Planning Strategy’s vision of a more vibrant, better connected and sustainable community for now and the future.

“Non-food related businesses can also expect to see future incentives and opportunities to further boost the vibrancy of our community by creating placemaking areas outside of the traditional bricks and mortar businesses,” said Deputy Mayor Schuster.

For more information and to stay up-to-date with developments that affect local businesses, visit the recently launched business hub at www.melvillecity.com.au/business or subscribe to the City’s eNews Business Matters.

For more information and to apply for an alfresco dining permit call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666 or visit www.melvillecity.com.au/alfrescopermit.