Set Up a Sidewalk Cafe

​You can set up a sidewalk cafe without getting a permit, but you must keep the area clean and maintain walkways and buffers. [SRC 78.220 and SRC 78.240]

Keep the area clean

You must keep the sidewalk safe by keeping it clear of:

  • Ice
  • Snow
  • Dirt
  • Vegetation
  • Debris
  • Obstructions

​Maintain walkways and buffers

You must maintain a five foot walkway past the sidewalk cafe and a minimum three foot buffer from the curb. Street furniture includes, but is not limited to permanent features such as:

  • Street signs
  • Street lights
  • Pedestrian lights
  • Street trees
  • Benches
  • Trash receptacles
  • Utility boxes
  • Bicycle racks
  • Art pedestals

The diagrams below show three options for meeting the requirement.