Outdoor Dining Standards

DOWNTOWN OUTDOOR DINING STANDARDS

Applicability

The following standards shall apply to establishments located within the C-4 Business District. Establishments seeking to offer outdoor dining within a public right-of-way are required to apply annually to the City requesting a Certificate of Approval from the Board of Works.

Application Process

Establishments seeking to offer outdoor dining shall complete the city's application form and submit their application to the Planning Department for review.

Application Requirements

  • Site Plan: Applicants shall provide renderings showing the proposed outdoor dining area and a dimensioned site plan with materials and furnishings labeled.
  • Liability Coverage: Applicant shall provide proof of insurance

Design Restrictions

  • Umbrellas should have a minimum clearance of 7' and a maximum height of 10' Umbrella fabric must be suitable for outdoor use and should be canvas-type.
  • Fences or other perimeter enclosures with a height of between 36" and 50" must be at least 50 percent open to maintain visibility. Any enclosure with a height over 50" must be at least 80 percent open
  • Planters should have a minimum of height of 12" and a maximum height of 60"
  • Resin furniture and furniture made for interior use (e.g. sofas) are prohibited.
  • All proposed plans are required to comply with ADA regulations and must have a minimum of 5' of unobstructed sidewalk space for pedestrians.
  • Signage must comply with the city's sign ordinance.
  • The limits of an outdoor dining area shall not exceed the width of the storefront
  • Design elements should be a minimum of 18" from back of curb
  • Design elements cannot interfere with the visibility of motorists or pedestrians
  • Seating area should not interfere with ingress or egress of surrounding establishments

Hours of Operation

Sunday - Thursday 6am-10pm Friday - Saturday 6am-11pm

Removal after Season

All outdoor dining areas, furniture, and barriers shall be removed when not in use, and shall be removed from the City's right-of-way no later than November 1 of each calendar year, and shall not be installed earlier than April 1 of each calendar year.

Upkeep Repair and Maintenance

Applicants shall keep all outdoor dining areas clean and in sanitary condition. Removal of cigarette butts and similar debris generated by patrons should be frequent and well managed. Any damage done to right-of-way surfaces, fixtures, or infrastructure shall be the responsibility of the applicant to repair at their cost. Any repairs should be made as soon as possible, or immediately upon request by the City.

Violations

  • prohibited.
  • All proposed plans are required to comply with ADA regulations and must have a minimum of 5' of unobstructed sidewalk space for pedestrians.
  • Signage must comply with the city's sign ordinance.
  • The limits of an outdoor dining area shall not exceed the width of the storefront
  • Design elements should be a minimum of 18" from back of curb
  • Design elements cannot interfere with the visibility of motorists or pedestrians
  • Seating area should not interfere with ingress or egress of surrounding establishments

Hours of Operation

Sunday - Thursday 6am-10pm Friday - Saturday 6am-11pm

Removal after Season

All outdoor dining areas, furniture, and barriers shall be removed when not in use, and shall be removed from the City's right-of-way no later than November 1 of each calendar year, and shall not be installed earlier than April 1 of each calendar year.

Upkeep Repair and Maintenance

Applicants shall keep all outdoor dining areas clean and in sanitary condition. Removal of cigarette butts and similar debris generated by patrons should be frequent and well managed. Any damage done to right-of-way surfaces, fixtures, or infrastructure shall be the responsibility of the applicant to repair at their cost. Any repairs should be made as soon as possible, or immediately upon request by the City.

Violations

It shall be prohibited to operate an outdoor dining area contrary to these standards. Violation of these standards will result in the revocation or suspension of the Certificate of Approval.

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