Procedures and Guidelines for Outdoor Dining Permit

Sidewalk Seating


  • Seating and tables must be up against the wall of the business or as close as possible

  • Sidewalk seating area may not exceed business frontage

  • Must leave an 8' clear path for pedestrians

  • Must be at least 3' from the adjacent business

  • Cannot block utility hardware or Siamese water connection

  • Cannot block bus stop waiting area

  • For clear path purposes, parking meters, traffic signs and tree pits with flush gratings (without tree guards) are exempt. All other above-grade structures are considered obstructions

  • Tables and chairs must be provided by applicant


Roadway Seating


Restaurants must:

  • Create a protective barrier, such as planters or objects of similar size and weight, on all three sides of the seating perimeter that are in the roadway, to separate seating from the travel lane. Such barriers must be at least 18” in width and 30-36” in height (excluding plantings) on all three sides that are in the roadway, to preserve visibility for motorists and provide protection for patrons

  • Place such barriers directly adjacent to each other (no gaps) and no more than 8’ from the curb

  • Roadway seating may not exceed the length of business frontage

  • Ensure visibility of patrons and barriers at night by clearly marking all barriers with yellow high intensity retro-reflective tape or reflectors

  • Provide a ramp for ADA compliance, which can be made of non-permanent materials

  • Not place seating or barriers within 15’ of a fire hydrant.

  • Not place seating or barriers within 8’ of a crosswalk, to provide for safe vehicle turns and avoid crowding

  • Not provide any lighting that is blinding to passing traffic

  • Not place seating within a No Stopping Anytime or No Standing Anytime zone, bike lane, bus lane/stop, taxi stand, or Car Share space

  • [Exception: For part-time No Stopping or No Standing zones, seating may be placed when those rules are not in effect. Barriers and seating must be removed from the roadway when No Stopping or No Standing is in effect]

  • Only utilize umbrellas with a weighted base and such umbrellas may not extend past the barrier or obstruct access to or ventilation of utility covers

  • Not run power cords or other items across the sidewalk to the roadway seating

  • Tables, chairs, and barriers must be provided by applicant

  • Remove tables and chairs or secure them in place when not in operation


Restaurant owners may:


  • Leave barriers in place within a metered zone, alternate side parking, or No Parking Anytime zone, provided that that tables and chairs are removed or secured when not in operation

  • Where seating is authorized along a curb, install a platform behind the required barrier to flush height with curb to facilitate ADA compliance, prevent the curb from becoming a tripping hazard, and allow drainage to underpass seating

  • Such platforms shall not block rain water drainage getting to the curb or flowing along the curb

  • Such platforms shall not obstruct access to or ventilation of utility covers.


Prepare Documents to Self-Certify


Please have the following information available to apply:


  • Business name (DBA), address and contact information

  • Food Service Establishment Permit number

  • Dimensions of sidewalk and/or roadway seating areas

  • Establishments planning to serve alcohol must also provide:

  • State Liquor Authority ("SLA") serial number

  • SLA license information

  • Licensee certification