Outdoor Cafe Policy goes out to public consultation (closing 25 June 2010)

Office of Regulatory Services logoThe Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) exercises certain responsibilities under the Roads and Public Places Act 1937. Among these responsibilities is the issuing of outdoor cafe permits.

The Outdoor Cafe Policy (the Policy) sets out guidelines on the permit application process, appropriate clearance zones for footpaths and furniture, and other information on the conditions of use for an outdoor cafe permit.

The Policy’s main objective is to maximise the benefits between outdoor cafe areas and other public uses of unleased territory land in the ACT.

The Policy is currently under review and has been released for public comment. The ORS would like to hear from organisations and individuals who have an interest in the operations of outdoor cafes.

The Policy has been administered by ORS since 2006 and has not been reviewed in this time. Before 2006 the Policy was administered by the Department of Urban Services (now the Department of Territory and Municipal Services).

The draft Policy is open for comment for four weeks until 25 June 2010. A copy of the draft Policy can be found under Latest News at For further information contact the ORS on 6207 7889, or email

The draft policy document has been reproduced below:
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