City of Vincent launches DIY online alfresco permit for business owners


Vincent Mayor Emma Cole and chief executive Len Kosova. City of Vincent recently scrapped fees for alfresco permits. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d479692
Vincent Mayor Emma Cole and chief executive Len Kosova. City of Vincent recently scrapped fees for alfresco permits. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d479692

CITY of Vincent has launched a DIY online alfresco permit system for business owners in what is believed to be a WA first.

After scrapping the alfresco fee last year, the City has set up on its website a place for cafe and restaurant owners to apply for their own permit in a move to further cut red tape.

Previously, the application process had a 10-day waiting period and an application and annual license fee charged.

The application also extends to sign an goods display on the footpath.

Fields of Vincent co-owner Mathew Rowe said the free permit was financially “a big help”.

“Little things add up for small businesses,” he said.

“People wonder why you charge what you do but it is more than serving up a slice of tomato on a plate.”

Mr Rowe said the online system took less time than he anticipated.

“I thought I might be on there for more than half an hour but it was only about 10 minutes,” he said.

Vincent Mayor Emma Cole said with the fee gone, saving businesses about $150,000 a year, more alfresco dining would pop up.

“We expect to see an increase in the number of permits issued, as well as regular changes to permits as businesses experiment more with use of the footpath in front of their premises,” she said.

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