The city of Portland plans to enforce sidewalk cafe regulations
A Sidewalk Café Permit allows the holder of the permit to place tables and chairs within the sidewalk area adjacent to a restaurant for use by patrons to whom the business has provided food or beverage. This is an act that is otherwise prohibited in the City of Portland. Sidewalk Café Permits are authorized by Portland City Code, Title 17, Chapter 25; Sidewalk Cafés. The permit requires that the Sidewalk Café operator ensures that their Sidewalk Café meets site and other regulations as set by the City of Portland.
The Sidewalk Café Permit is issued to an individual, the Permittee, for use by the single business
and location named in the application. The Permittee is often the owner of the business. The
permit is personal to them and cannot be transferred in any manner, nor can the permit be used for
another business or location.
Even restaurants which have offered outdoor dining for years are required to pay the new fees. Here are the charges restaurant owners can expect to pay:
- The intake fee is $250.
- Insurance review fee $23.70
- Annual permit fee $100 plus $12.00 per linear foot of cafe space.
- The renewal permit fee for subsequent years will be $100 plus $5.00 per linear foot of cafe space.
The area must be zoned as commercial or employment, the sidewalk measured from the property line to the curb must be 8 feet wide, and a clear pedestrian zone must be maintained.
There is a 11(!) page information and application packet available on the city of Portland website.