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Application Process for Temporary Outdoor Dining

The following application procedures apply to outdoor dining. (No formal approval is required for convenience seating.)

Option 1 – all proposed temporary outdoor dining will be located on existing paved surfaces, and there will be no new structures that require a building permit (e.g. tents, if any, will not exceed 900 square feet). Please provide the following to the Planning Department:

  • Temporary outdoor dining checklist (attached)
  • Schematic site plan utilizing existing site layout (available upon request to the Planning Department) with proposed outdoor dining facilities including:
    • Tents (less than 900 square feet)
    • tables and seating
    • fencing
    • exits and entrances into temporary outdoor seating area
    • restroom locations
    • parking calculations

Option 2 – all proposed temporary outdoor dining will be located on existing paved surfaces and will include one or more structures that require a building permit (e.g. a tent covering 900 square feet or more). Please provide the following to the Department of Building Construction and Inspections:

  • Temporary outdoor dining checklist (attached)
  • Building permit application
  • Schematic site plan with building permit showing the following (no additional fee):
    • Tents (900 square feet or more)
    • tables and seating
    • fencing
    • exits and entrances into temporary outdoor seating area
    • restroom locations
    • parking calculations

Option 3 – applies to restaurants where temporary outdoor dining will require construction of any new paved surfaces and will include one or more structures that require a building permit (e.g. a tent covering 900 square feet or more). The applicant must submit the following:

  • Temporary outdoor dining checklist (attached)
  • Building permit application to the Department of Building Inspections
  • Administrative site plan with application to the Planning Department, showing the following:
    • all proposed areas to be paved
    • tents
    • tables and seating
    • fencing
    • exits and entrances into temporary outdoor seating area
    • restrooms
    • parking calculations
    • all utility and drainage easements

 

Temporary Outdoor Dining Checklist

Please include the following information with your application for temporary outdoor dining:

  • 24-hour contact information
    • Contact’s “printed” name
    • Contact’s signature
    • Date
    • Phone number
    • Email
  • Site Plan detailing layout of proposed operations including, but not limited to:
    • Location of tables
    • Seating
    • Tents
    • Portable toilets
    • Parking areas
    • Fencing
    • Exits and entrances into temporary area, etc.
  • Property owner Information:
    • Owner’s name
    • Owner’s signature
    • Owner’s Address (to include city, state, zip)
    • Owner’s Phone
    • Owner’s email
  • Affidavit from property owner certifying, under penalty of law, that they are the owner of the restaurant and authorize temporary outdoor restaurant operations, which includes agreement to the following conditions:
    • All temporary facilities shall be removed by: _________
    • All facilities shall comply with ABC regulations
    • All facilities shall comply with Health Department regulations

Contact Us

Planning

Physical Address
4301 East Parham Road
Henrico, VA 23228

Phone
(804) 501-4602

Fax
(804) 501-4379

planning@henrico.us

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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