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Temporary Outdoor Seating Program

Post Date:05/22/2020 3:17 PM



The City Council is making it easier for restaurants, bars and small businesses to expand service to their patrons by adopting a Temporary Outdoor Seating Program.

KCMO Public Works is working alongside City Council, the Mayor’s Office and the City Planning and Development Department to temporarily ease permit requirements so that restaurants, bars and businesses can easily apply for street cafés, sidewalk cafés, parking lot dining space and parklets.

As KCMO gradually reopens and various guidelines remain in place to ensure proper social distancing, this effort supports our business and restaurant community by providing more outdoor space and allowing them to open up under these public health guidelines.

“I’m proud to see Kansas City create safer, socially-distanced opportunities for our workers, customers, businesses and neighborhoods by allowing restaurants to expand their outdoor sit-down service,” said Mayor Quinton Lucas. “I appreciate my City Council colleagues and our shared priority to continue creating new, innovative policy that’s good for people, public health, and our city.”

There are several aspects of the Temporary Outdoor Seating Program:

  1. Sidewalk Café: an extension of an eating or drinking place located on a public sidewalk that provides restaurant service.
  2. Street Café: an outdoor dining facility located within areas used for on-street parking that serves as an extension of an eating or drinking place.
  3. Parklet: an outdoor facility located in City right-of-way either within the sidewalk, on-street parking areas or other unused spaces and designated as public space.
  4. Parking Lot Dining Space: an extension of a bar or restaurant in a private parking lot that provides restaurant or beverage service.

Although some requirements are still in place, like maintaining ADA and pedestrian access, the temporary program eases the following requirements from May 21, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020:

  • Permit fee waived
  • Signature requirement waived
  • Maintenance agreement waived
  • No bond deposit required
  • No parking space limit

Permits can be found through KCMO’s online permitting system: CompassKC.

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For media inquiries, please contact the Public Works Public Information Officer, Maggie Green, at 816-513-2612.

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