Why is the City allowing temporary outdoor dining areas?
During Phase 2 and 3 restaurants will have limited indoor seating capacity. Several restaurants have contacted the City expressing an interest in providing customers temporary outdoor seating options.
What authority does the City have to allow this temporary use?
The Building Official has the authority to authorize temporary uses for up to 180 days.
Does a restaurant need a permit to have A temporary outdoor dining area? How much does it cost?
Restaurants are required to register online with the City prior to operating temporary outdoor dining areas. Registration is free and instantaneous.
What if a restaurant is not following the requirements?
The City may periodically inspect this restaurant’s temporary outdoor dining area and will respond if we receive a complaint. Failure to comply with requirements may result in termination of the restaurant’s ability to have a temporary outdoor dining area.
Can restaurants serve alcohol in the temporary outdoor dining areas?
Yes. A restaurant must comply with all Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board requirements. For more information visit https://lcb.wa.gov/covid19/covid-19_alcohol_licensee_guidelines and https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WALCB/bulletins/28e81ef
Is there an end date for temporary outdoor dining?
All temporary outdoor dining areas must be removed at the start of Phase 4 or within 180 days of registering with the City, whichever is first.