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City of Phoenix Temporary Outdoor Dining Program Tip Sheet

by Sara Scoville-Weaver
Business Development Community Featured Spotlight Sara Scoville-Weaver October 15, 2020

Outdoor patio at the Dressing Room restaurant on Roosevelt Row. (Photo: Jill Richards)

The City of Phoenix recently unveiled a new process for creating a temporary outdoor patio, allowing bars and restaurants to better accommodate customers, while simultaneously meeting social distancing requirements. Through the program, the City is issuing an “Emergency Declaration Outdoor Dining Administrative Temporary Use Permit” (ATUP) at no fee.

To get this permit, check out our easy tip sheet below. Are you a downtown business and need help with the application? Email Sara Scoville-Weaver with Downtown Phoenix Partnership at sscovilleweaver@dtphx.org or call 602-744-6408.

Need a temporary outdoor patio with a fence and/or the ability to serve alcohol outside? Follow the process below and reference the city’s main information page HERE.

  1. Make sure your property owner is okay with it. Get written consent stating that they are the owner or are approving on behalf of the owner. Also make sure the letter includes what they are agreeing to. For example, “I, the owner, agree to allow a temporary fence and 6 tables and 12 chairs in front of my business located at 123 E. Maple Avenue.”
  2. If you are creating the patio on a downtown sidewalk, on-street parking space or in an alley you will need to submit a Revocable Permit form before and in addition to the outdoor dining application. Apply HERE.
  3. Fill out the outdoor dining application form (ATUP) HERE and include the following with the form:

3. a) A simple sketch (doesn’t need to be fancy – hand drawn is fine) showing how many tables and chairs you intend to have outside and where you fence will be.

3. b) Make sure you include the business name and address on the plan.

3. c) Write your total proposed occupancy on the plan. For example, “20 people.” Remember to adhere to COVID-19 distancing rules.

3. d)Write what type of fencing you are using and describe it. For example, “white, plastic temporary fencing panels measuring 6 feet wide by 4 feet tall.” Check out approved temporary fencing options

3. e) Bust out the measuring tape. You need to include dimensions on the site plan sketch showing the width and length of your patio. Remember, pedestrians still need to get by on the sidewalk if you are putting the patio in front of your business. Make sure you leave at least four feet of space between the curb and your intended patio fence so people can still walk by.

3. f) Use Google Maps to create a quick aerial view of your business. Use Word or Paint to draw a box around where on the sidewalk or ground you will have the patio.

  1. If you want to serve alcohol, also include THIS form after you have submitted it to DLLC.
  2. Package everything together and email to zoning@phoenix.gov

Need a temporary outdoor patio without a fence and/or do not wish to serve alcohol outside?

You can still create additional dining with just tables and chairs that you bring inside every evening after closing. Follow the process below.

  1. Fill out the ATUP application HERE – only page 3.
  2. Create a simple drawing or sketch (doesn’t need to be fancy – hand drawn is fine) showing how many tables and chairs you intend to have outside. Make sure you include the business name and address on the plan. Also write “No fence intended” on the paper. Remember, pedestrians still need to get by on the sidewalk. Make sure you leave at least four feet of space between the curb and your tables and chairs so people can still walk by easily.
  3. Use Google Maps to create a quick aerial view of your business. Use Word or Paint to draw a box around where on the sidewalk or ground you will have the tables and chairs.
  4. Email to zoning@phoenix.gov

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