We are here to support local businesses as Boroondara recovers from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a number of initiatives and support available to help Boroondara businesses get back into action quickly and safely.

Enabling outdoor dining

We have simplified our processes, fast tracked permit applications and waived Council permit fees to help local businesses access more space for outdoor dining.

Businesses can apply to extend their outdoor dining space on footpaths and their private land (like courtyards) on an ongoing basis and we will waive fees until 31 March 2021.

Outdoor spaces

If you run a restaurant, café, bar or other hospitality business within the City of Boroondara, you may be able to apply for outdoor trading opportunities in permitted outdoor spaces. These include:

  • footpaths
  • private land
  • some public spaces

Footpaths

If you already trade on the footpath, you can apply for an extension to your footpath trading area. This may be the best option for you if you are:

  • Looking for a quick and easy way to extend capacity for outdoor trading
  • Already holding a current permit for footpath trading
  • Clear of loading zones, disabled parking, bus or tram stops

If you don't already trade on the footpath, you can apply for a fast-tracked permit.

You can apply online for a footpath trading permit or for an extension to your current footpath trading area. You must have support from your neighbouring businesses.

Private land

You may have space on your property that can accommodate outdoor dining, such as a courtyard or on-site car park.

In many cases, businesses can use use and/or construct temporary buildings in these spaces without the need to apply for, or amend an existing planning permit.

In some cases the law requires a planning permit, for example if the property is within the Heritage Overlay.

To help you determine if you require a planning permit, connect with our Planning team by calling 9278 4888 or emailing [email protected] to discuss requirements and identify next steps.

Public space

Some businesses have been successful in applying to trade in public spaces. These include civic squares, public parks, public laneways and car parking bays. These outdoor dining spaces are expected to be in place until 31 March 2021.

We assess each space against criteria including:

  • safety audit and road traffic management plan
  • pedestrian access
  • disability access
  • impact on other community members who use the space

Any applications to use public space for outdoor dining received after 11 October 2020 will be considered on a case by case basis.

If you have any questions about the outdoor dining project, please email our Outdoor Trade team at [email protected]

Local, state and federal supports

In addition to enabling outdoor dining, the City of Boroondara, the Victorian Government and Australian Government are providing a range of supports and resources to assist businesses.

Council financial support

As part of a $4.5million relief and recovery package, we are providing financial support to businesses by:

  • waiving food premises registration fees
  • waiving and rebating footpath trading fees
  • waiving trader parking permits fees

During 2020, businesses applied for Council funding through a number of grant programs, including:

  • Small Business Booster Grants
  • Small Business Resilience Grants

Visit our Grants for business page for more information.

Council online resources

We have a number of online resources available to support your business.

Victorian Government financial support

Support is available from the Victorian Government to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Australian Government financial support

Support is also available from the Australian Government to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Other resources

For additional resources, support services, information and advice, see:

Promoting your business

If you are open and doing things a little differently so that you can continue to deliver your products and services to the Boroondara community, we can showcase your business in a couple of ways.

Love Local Life business directory 

Sign up to profile your business via the new Lovel Local Life business directory.

This new online directory has been created to gather Boroondara businesses together and assist residents with searching for their favourite products and services while supporting local.

Business can also showcases their COVIDsafe service options available, including:

  • click and collect
  • contactless delivery
  • outdoor dining and more.

Featured businesses are also promoted across the Love Local Life Facebook and Instagram pages 

Share your story with fellow business owners 

If you have some advice for other local business owners based on how you have adapted under the circumstances, we would love to share your story.

Email us with the following so we can profile you:

  • the name of your business
  • information about your products and services and how you’re doing things differently to ensure the health of customers is prioritised
  • a photo of your adapted business in action (this could depict the steps you’ve taken to promote health and safety, for example, your new takeaway coffee set-up/station.

More information

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the primary source of information about COVID-19.

For more information or assistance, contact our Local Economies team at [email protected] or on 9278 4444.

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