Henrico County will allow outdoor dining on a temporary basis in accordance with the Forward Virginia Guidelines (https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia/). The procedure for approval will be determined based upon proposed site and building improvements.
- Outdoor dining means an outdoor seating area where customers receive table service, or where alcoholic beverages are allowed. Overhead cover is required, such as umbrellas, canopies, or tents without walls.
- Convenience seating means an outdoor seating area where customers are allowed to consume prepared food (e.g. ice cream, coffee, snacks, light meals) where there is no table service and no alcoholic beverages are allowed. (If more than 24 seats, the area will be considered outdoor dining even if there is no table service or alcohol.)
Requirements for Outdoor Dining and Convenience Seating
- Zoning (if you need assistance, contact the Permit Center or the Planning Dept.):
- Convenience seating is allowed in B-1, B-2, B-3, M-1, M-2, or M-3
- Outdoor dining is allowed in B-2, B-3, M-1, M-2, or M-3
- Setbacks apply to all proposed tents, fencing, and other structures
- ADA accessibility regulations apply, as well as ingress and egress requirements for tents and other structures as determined by building official
- Fencing may be required by ABC regulations if alcohol is served
- Utility and drainage facilities and easements must not be impacted
- If parking is displaced, Planning Department staff will work with you to identify adequate parking for the proposed outdoor dining area
- Fire lanes, hydrants, and fire department connections must not be impacted
- The outdoor dining area should not be larger than the existing restaurant.
Henrico County is excited that your business is reopening. As a part of our efforts to help Henrico’s business community, the Economic Development Authority will cover the costs of permits for temporary structures needed to facilitate your reopening.
The temporary outdoor dining area must be removed at the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency. County approval is subject to the Forward Virginia Guidelines available at (https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia/).