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Temporary Outdoor Seating Program

In order to promote social distancing and provide outdoor space for restaurants and businesses while KCMO slowly reopens, we are temporarily easing some requirements for Sidewalk Cafes, Street Cafes, Parklets and parking lot dining.

Sidewalk Cafe:

An extension of an eating or drinking place located on a public sidewalk that provides restaurant service. 

How to apply for a Sidewalk Cafe:

  • Head over to our online permitting system, CompassKC to create an account.
  • Once logged in, search for "Sidewalk Cafe" permit, select apply, and fill out the requested information.
  • Once submitted, permit staff will review and notify you of the status of your permit within a few business days.

Street Cafe: 

An outdoor dining facility located within areas used for on-street parking that serves as an extension of an eating or drinking place.

How to apply for a Street Cafe:

  • Head over to our online permitting system, CompassKC to create an account.
  • Once logged in, search for "Street Cafe" permit, select apply, and fill out the requested information.
  • Once submitted, permit staff will review and notify you of the status of your permit within a few business days.

Parklet:

An outdoor facility located in City right-of-way either within the sidewalk, on-street parking areas, or other unutilitzed spaces and designated as public space.

How to apply for a Parklet:

For a temporary parklet permit, please use the "Street Cafe" permit in CompassKC.

Parking Lot Dining Space:

An extension of a bar or restaurant in a private parking lot that provides restaurant or beverage service.

How to apply for Parking Lot Dining Space: 

Apply by downloading, filling out and emailing the Parking Lot Dining Application Form to pod@kcmo.org.

What does the temporary permitting do?

The temporary permitting eases requirements for the time period of May 21, 2020- December 31, 2020 to make it easier for restaurants and businesses to apply:

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

Design Guidance for Sidewalk Cafes, Street Cafes and Parklets: 

Must haves:

  • ADA access down, up, and within the sidewalk cafe, street cafe, or parklet area
    • For example, a ramp with a no-skid, stable surface can be used
    • View the ADA ramp guideline document from KCMO's ADA Compliance Office for examples on how to build an accesible ramp
  • Maintain the pedestrian access route: at least five-foot wide sidewalk clearance at all points
  • A detectable barrier that meets ADA requirements and provides effective safety measures 
  • Retro-reflective strip placed on all sides abutting traffic
  • Suggested one-foot buffer around perimeter of install
  • Certificate of insurance and indemnification agreement
    • Commonly known as the "Accord Form"
    • The certificate holder MUST BE named: Kansas City, Missouri 

A street cafe or parklet will not be allowed:

  • In ADA/accessible parking spots
  • On a corridor with speeds greater than 30 mph

Contacts:

For Sidewalk Cafes, Street Cafes and Parklets, please reach out to Public Works:

Maggie Green, Public Information Officer
Public Works Department– Kansas City, MO
Phone: (816) 513-2612

Nicolas Pino, Permit Division Head
Public Works Department– Kansas City, MO
Phone: (816) 513-2671

For Parking Lot Dining Spaces, please reach out to City Planning and Development: 

Email the Planner of the Day.

To report an issue with a sidewalk café, street café, parklet, or parking lot dining space, please contact 311.

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