Adelaide City Council amends proposal forcing outdoor dining businesses to replace fixed furniture
This week, the Council endorsed a transition plan which allows businesses to retain previously approved fixed furniture until a business either changes ownership, closes down or the furniture becomes a hazard to public safety.
Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) deputy CEO Sally Neville said that the previous policy would have resulted in businesses incurring significant expenses in having to replace their existing fixed furniture as well as increased labour costs.
“We’ve seen a significant increase in the popularity of outdoor dining over the last several years so we need to be making it easier rather than harder for businesses to cater to this demand,” she said.
“The original policy would have resulted in businesses who have already gone through the process of approving their existing fixed furniture incurring enormous costs, particularly with the set up and removal of non-fixed furniture each day.”
Neville also said that restrictions on the placement of outdoor furniture were already one of the most commonly identified issues in terms operating individual outdoor dining areas.
“Over 22 per cent of members in R&CA’s 2017 Benchmarking Survey identified restrictive furniture requirements as the biggest issue they faced in operating their outdoor dining areas successfully.”