Furniture, Screens and Protection

Dining furniture includes items such as screens, tables, chairs, fences, planters, bins, umbrellas and portable heaters. As on-street dining is for seated patrons, bar leaners and bar stools are discouraged as this tends to lead to the congregation of non-seated groups of people.

Design of dining furniture

Here are some things to consider when selecting your on-street dining furniture:

  • Any edges and protrusions are shaped to minimise the possibility of injury to people or damage to property.
  • Items are of a weight and design that won't blow or be knocked over.
  • Fabrics are fire retardant if they will be close to outdoor heaters.
  • Items are made to a high standard that complements the area's paving and street furniture and makes a postive contribution to the neighbourhood.
  • Umbrellas and screen panels may display the premise name and/or logo and/or a product “supplier” brand name/logo only. Please check the advertising rules in the District Plan and the New Plymouth District Council bylaws.
  • Dining furniture cannot be fixed in place, it must be removed at the end of a day's trading.

Details of furniture design including photographs are required to be lodged as part of your licence application.

Position of dining furniture

The dining furniture must be positioned so that:

  • It is totally contained within the licensed area. Care needs to be taken to ensure that umbrellas or other furniture does not project beyond the licensed area, particularly over the street or are at a height that will not obstruct or cause a hazard to pedestrians.
  • It is sufficiently clear of the kerb, any parking management equipment such as meters or utilities, street furniture, street tree or similar so as to not adversely impact on their use, access or visual appreciation.
  • Other than at very wide or very low pedestrian count footpaths on-street dining cannot have split dining areas with pedestrian aisles passing between two groups of diners.


Screens are needed to separate on-street dining areas from kerbside parking. These must be placed at a distance from the kerb to allow people to get in and out of vehicles and use parking equipment.

Screens are also needed to define the boundaries of on-street dining areas on all sides except the side that faces the parent premises.

If there are two on-street dining areas next to each other, screens are needed to separate the two.

Screen design:

  • Must be self supporting and free standing.
  • Recommended specifications are 900-1000mm high by 1250-1500mm wide (see image below)

Alternative designs will be considered where there are special circumstances or the screens are limited to use outside daytime business hours (8.30am to 5.30pm). 

Weather and sun protection

Businesses may wish to provide on-street dining customers with weather or sun protection. During daytime business hours (8.30am to 5.30pm), wind protection will normally be limited to the standard removable screens and rain and sun protection from umbrellas. In practical terms this will only provide fair or fine weather protection for daytime on-street dining.

Consideration will be given to applications seeking increased weather protection to be used solely outside daytime business hours (8.30am to 5.30pm). Policy considerations, including the impact on pedestrian movement, will apply to the design and siting of increased weather protection.

Protection from vehicles

If traffic adjacent to the proposed dining area presents a potential risk to patrons, barriers or bollards may be required to be installed to provide protection.

In these situations details of the specification, siting and design of the barriers or bollards will be part of the encroachment licence application. We will be able to assist in providing guidance as to what is required.

The installation of the barriers and bollards (and their removal when the licence lapses) shall be at the cost of the licence holder.