Set Up a Sidewalk Cafe

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Two young women sitting outdoors at a table with coffee looking at a mobile phone.

​Outdoor dining requirements during COVID

To comply with the Governor's gathering restrictions during the pandemic, all outdoor dining setups on a sidewalk, in parking spaces, or located in a public right-of way must apply for a sidewalk cafe permit. Completed applications and questions about the applications should be directed to Kevin Hottmann. Approved permits will expire when full, indoor dining is allowed.

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

​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.