Temporary Patio and Parklet Programs

As businesses continue re-opening subject to lowered occupancy thresholds based on the Clay County Health Department’s reopening plan, staff has been evaluating ways to assist them in using outdoor space to support their business operations.   The City has an existing Sidewalk Dining Program (application), but not every business has the opportunity to implement this program due to space constraints. 

As a result, the City Council has approved two new programs: Parking Lot Patios and Temporary Parklet Licenses.

Parking Lot Patios
For businesses with their own off-street parking lots, the Parking Lot Patio program provides for expedited site plan review and approval for a business to convert a portion of their privately-owned parking lot into outdoor patio space.

This program entails an administrative review; Community Development and Liquor Control staff would coordinate to streamline the application process for businesses.

Click here for the Parking Lot Patio Application

Temporary Parklet License
For businesses served primarily by public parking, particularly downtown, the Temporary Parklet License program expands the existing Sidewalk Dining program. The temporary program removes the geographic limits of the sidewalk dining license to allow for these licenses to be issued anywhere in the City.

The temporary parklet license would allow businesses to obtain a license to convert on-street parking spaces to patio space.  The regulations on the use of the parklets include safety concerns such as prohibiting extending power cords across sidewalks, obstructing pedestrian access, and blocking fire hydrants.

Licensees would be required to secure umbrellas, provide for trash disposal, and prevent the removal of alcoholic beverages from the parklet area. Licensees would be able to operate in a parklet area from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and may store furniture in the parklet overnight.

The City will provide parklets with portable curb ramps for accessibility and barricades to safely divide the parklets from vehicle traffic.

Click here for the Temporary Parklet License Application

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