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City to Allow Temporary Sidewalk Cafes and Parklets

As a commitment to the health of our small businesses, the City will allow approved temporary outdoor dining areas in rights of ways during COVID-19 restrictions. This will allow use of public sidewalks and/or parking spaces as private outdoor dining areas. We are excited to see your creativity!

Definition: “Temporary Outdoor Dining Areas in Rights of Way” means a private dining area or gathering space that is located in the on-street parking spaces in front of a business; or on the sidewalk in front of a business. Temporary Outdoor Dining Areas in Rights of Way serve as an outdoor extension of the business into the public right-of-way and may include a built structure to create a flat, useable area in the parking area of a city street. There are two types of Temporary Outdoor Dining Areas in Rights of Way: dining areas on sidewalks (temporary sidewalk cafés) and outdoor dining areas over parking spaces (parklets).

The intent of this policy is to allow the use of public sidewalks and/or parking spaces in front of a
business in the Central Business District, excluding State Routes, as a private outdoor dining area, when in conformance with the criteria in this policy. Temporary Outdoor Dining Areas in Rights of Way are defined in this policy. Temporary Outdoor Dining Areas in Rights of Way are intended to be an attribute to the downtown business district and allow for businesses in the city to accommodate additional customers while complying with indoor occupancy restrictions imposed by the state of Washington in response to the COVID -19 pandemic.

Please see the full policy, application form and hold harmless agreement for details.