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Posted on: April 12, 2023

New Outdoor Dining & Seating Options

New Outdoor Dining Flyer Post-Workshop Info

There are new outdoor dining and seating options available to businesses who established outdoor spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Highlights of the updated outdoor dining and seating options includes:

  1. Outdoor Dining Area: A permanently improved, separately identifiable outdoor dining area. Commonly includes enhanced flooring or decking, decorative fencing or planters, and furnishings. Requires review and approval by the Community Development Department.
  2. Outdoor Seating Area: Includes portable chairs, tables, and furnishings setup next to or near the restaurant. Does not include permanent improvements. No permit required, but the area would need to comply with the requirements described in the amendment.
  3. Dining in the Public Right-of-Way: One or both of the above-mentioned outdoor dining categories provided within the public right-of-way (sidewalk, street, etc.). Requires coordination with, and approval of, a License Agreement from the Public Works Department in addition to the typical requirements for either outdoor dining category. 

Click the image below to view an informational webinar which was held by Planning Staff, and provides an overview of the options. 

Outdoor Dining Graphic

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