Existing Seating from before the Pandemic If your restaurant or business is using pre-COVID outdoor space for dining or other uses -- that is, space you were using before the pandemic -- no additional permits are needed. Please review the Governor’s mandatory requirements to find more details.
Use of Sidewalks or Parking Lots for Additional Outdoor Uses To use a sidewalk or parking lot for additional outdoor seating or other business, the business must create and submit an Outdoor Area Plan. It must include:
A hand-made or computer-generated document, drawn to scale, showing:
Seating area / business use area and capacity
Tent location (if applicable)
Property owner’s written permission with signature
Email the Outdoor Area Plan to email@example.com. All plans will be evaluated based on code regulations for safety and ADA requirements, and it is possible that not every permit will be granted. You must have a permit before proceeding with your plan. (Note: the City’s Emergency Declaration allows the City Manager to suspend parking and other zoning requirements for the purpose of facilitating outdoor dining).
Tents, Including Lighting and Heaters
The follow items should be submitted to apply for a tent permit:
Certain parks and amenities can be rented for commercial activities like exercise classes and children’s entertainment.
The permit program is scheduled to end on March 1, 2021, but could be continued.
The permit does not apply to outdoor dining or service of food or alcohol and is not intended as a replacement of the City’s Special Event application.
For $20 per hour, a City business or non-profit can rent one of eight areas in City parks: Roberts Park Field, Roberts Park Picnic Shelter, Cavalier Tail Basketball Court, Cherry Hill Park Basketball Court, Madison Park Basketball Court, Designated grass area Cherry Hill Farmhouse/Park, West End Park Open Space, and Mr. Brown’s Park.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. While there is not a specified limit for use, the Recreation and Parks Department will balance community use of facilities with permitted use.