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City Makes It Easier for Businesses to Expand Outdoor Seating

Raleigh businesses who want to extend their outdoor seating as part of the state’s COVID Phase 2 reopening plan can now apply for an Outdoor Seating Temporary License from the City--at no cost. 

Under new City guidelines businesses can expand their footprint onto City public rights-of-way such as sidewalks or in privately owned parking lots without having to meet specific City Code and permit requirements, while following safety guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Outdoor Seating Extension Guide | Application | FAQ  | Insurance Requirements

Who can apply?
Phase 2 of the State’s reopening approach allows businesses such as restaurants, breweries, wineries, bottle shops, and wine shops to open for on-premises services with limits on occupancy, specific requirements for disinfection, and maintaining social distancing. 

When to apply?
Businesses may apply for an Outdoor Seating Temporary License now.  The temporary license will take effect no earlier than 10 business days following the City Council Meeting held on June 2, 2020. 

When does the temporary license expire?
An Outdoor Seating Temporary License will be issued to all businesses who register and will last until all COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. The licenses will also be granted a 30-day grace period following this date, at no cost to the applicant. 

Resources
•    Outdoor Seating Extension Guide
•    Application
•    FAQ
•    Insurance Requirements
•    Indemnity Agreement