Land Use Application
Some restaurants in Redmond may be able to expand their seating capacity during modified Phase1, Phase
2 and Phase 3 of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order through a temporary permit for outdoor café seating.
This will provide space for outdoor dining so that restaurants can follow physical distancing guidelines while
resuming operations.
Outdoor café seating may be made up of a combination of sidewalk space, private parking, and on-street
parking. Outdoor seating cannot not to exceed 50% of a restaurant’s total seating capacity, and no more
than 25% of a restaurant’s parking facilities may be converted to outdoor dining.
To reach the 50% capacity maximum for outdoor
seating, the applicant must first look to implement
café seating on sidewalks, followed by converting
private parking spaces, before potentially converting
on-street parking into café seating. In most cases,
only one on-street space will be allowed to be
converted, but unique circumstances may be
evaluated for additional capacity.
Once the 50% lost indoor capacity in outdoor seating
has been reached, no additional outdoor seating may be added. Not all restaurants will be able to reach
the 50% capacity through space on sidewalks, private parking, and public right of way.
Can I Get a Temporary Outdoor Café Seating Permit?
If you can answer yes to the questions in the sections below, you may be able to add outdoor seating to your
restaurant. A full list of requirements and conditions for each type of outdoor café seating on page 5.
Sidewalk Space Converted into
Café Seating
Convert Private Parking into Café
Convert Downtown Public, On-
Street Parking into “Parklet”
With the addition of café
seating, the sidewalk next to
restaurant can still provide a
five-feet minimum clear
See diagrams below
Private parking is next to restaurant
entrance or exit
A maximum of 25% parking would
be used for seating
Property owner approves of
converting some parking to seating
Proposed outdoor café area will not
impact ADA spaces and an
accessible route will be maintained
Inset parking is adjacent to
Café seating in the street can be
physically blocked from traffic
Proposed outdoor café area will
not impact ADA spaces and an
accessible route will be
See diagrams below
If you can answer “yes” to the
above, sidewalk seating may
be an option for your
If you can answer “yes” to the
above, adding seating to your
private parking may be an option for
your restaurant
If you can answer “yes” to the
above, adding seating in the
public right of way may be an
option for your restaurant
A restaurant’s pre-COVID capacity was 40 patrons. Under
Home, Stay Healthy
the restaurant may now serve 20 patrons
inside (50%), with an additional 20 patrons outside (50%). The
City of Redmond will allow these 20 outdoor seats if it is possible
through a combination of adapting sidewalk space, parking space
in a private lot or in the street into seating.
Recovery: Temporary
Outdoor Dining Permit
Land Use Application
If you are seeking a traditional annual café seating permit only with permanent demarcations, you will need
to apply separately through the ROW permit applications and must meet all requirements of the annual
permit. All permits applied for and issued as part of this Temporary Outdoor Dinning Permit program are
issued for a period of six months at a time with an opportunity to extend depending on the current statuses
of the Stay Home Stay Healthy order. All activities approved by permits issued as part of this program must
be discontinued when the restrictions of the Stay Home Stay healthy order limiting capacity are no longer in-
The images below show potential layouts for sidewalk cafes and outdoor seating in on-street parking spaces
or “parklets”. The diagrams show the clearance that is needed for pedestrians (60”) and demonstrate the
“inset parking” or “curb bump outs” that are required for potentially converting public parking into café
Diagram 1
Outdoor Café Seating Guidelines for Social Distancing
If outdoor space is available for your business to create temporary outdoor café seating, it must follow all
guidance from the State of Washington Stay Home, Stay Healthy order during the Phase we are currently
operating in. For Phase 2, this includes having tables be placed 6 feet apart when measured from occupied
chair to occupied chair, and tables would seat no more than 5 people (see Diagram 1). More information
available at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/information-for/business.
All permits applied for and issued as part of this Temporary Outdoor Dinning Permit program are issued for a
period of six months at a time with an opportunity to extend depending on the current statuses of the Stay
Home Stay Healthy order. All activities approved by permits issued as part of this program must be
discontinued when the restrictions of the Stay Home Stay healthy order limiting capacity are no longer in-
Land Use Application
Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit
Application Type: Select all that apply
Café Seating
Temporary repurposing of private
Temporary repurposing of on-
street parking stall(s)
Temporary Outdoor Dinning Permit Applicant Information:
Is your application for a Temporary Outdoor Café Seating Permit in Response to COVID-19 restrictions?
__ Yes ___ No
(if no, please apply for standalone café seating permit Permit or Temporary Use Permit. This permit is only for
businesses seeking outdoor dining area to recover lost capacity due COVID-19 reopening restrictions)
Applicant Information
Restaurant Name:_____________________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________Redmond, WA 98052
Contact Person: _________________________________ Phone: _____________________________
Email: ________________________________________
Temporary Outdoor Dining Information
Observing Stay Home, Stay Healthy Guidelines what is your proposed capacity in these areas of your
Café Capacity
New sidewalk
café seating
Parking Café
Café Seating
20 people
5 people (2
5 (2 tables)
10 (3 tables)
20 people (7
40 people
# of Private Parking Spaces Available: ________ # of On-Street Spaces Adjacent to Restaurant: _____
1. Sidewalk Café:
Distance between curb and building: __________ Proposed dimensions of Café Seating:___________ Does
this leave 5’ clear walkway for pedestrians and ADA accessibility? Yes, ____ feet
The proposed sidewalk café stays within the front of my business ___ Yes ___ No
2. Café Seating in Private Parking:
Proposed dimensions of café seating in private parking lot: _____________________
Is proposed café seating adjacent to restaurant entrance or exit? ___ Yes ___ No
Is space for vehicle maneuvering still available with proposed seating location? ___ Yes ___ No
Number of parking spaces converted to café seating? ______ How many remain available? ____
Are you maintaining your ADA spaces and walkway _
__ Yes ___ No
Temporary Outdoor Café Seating Location Description:
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3. Café Seating in On-Street Parking Spaces (“Parklet”):
Proposed dimensions of Café Seating in on-street parking spaces: _____________________
Are parking spaces on a block with “inset parking” (see diagram) ___ Yes ___ No
How many public parking spaces would be converted to café seating? _____
Are you maintaining your ADA spaces and walkway: ___ Yes ___ No
I certify that the information contained in this application and other materials submitted in the course of my
application for a Temporary Outdoor Café Seating Permit is true to the best of my knowledge.
I shall hold the City of Redmond, its officers, agents and employees, and the adjacent property owner(s) free
and harmless from any claims for damages to persons or property including legal fees and costs of defending
any actions or suits thereon, including any appeals therefrom, which may result from the granting of this permit.
Owner or Authorized Agent:
By signing this document, I agree to its terms and conditions.
Signature: _______________________________________________ Date: ________________
Print Name: ___________________________________Title: ____________________________
Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit Application (this document)
Temporary Outdoor Dining seating site plan drawing, diagram or photograph. A diagram, drawing or
photograph of the planned outdoor space must include:
Building outline, including location of entrance/exit doors
Location of curbs and sidewalks (include the widths from building face to curb)
Location of private parking that is adjacent to any entrance/exit that might be used for outdoor café seating
Location and measurements of on-street parking that is proposed for outdoor café seating
Dimensions & measurements of proposed Temporary Outdoor Dining Seating area
Proposed layout of tables and chairs that meet the State of Washington Guidelines for social distancing
Names of streets in the drawing and locations of any crosswalks
Other structures (fire hydrants, mailboxes, traffic signals, streetlights, cabinets, signs, planters, bike racks,
Photos or drawings of proposed fencing (if needed for sidewalk café seating only, barriers required for
repurposing of parking areas)
Images or drawings of barriers with dimensions
Proposed platform and height to meet curb edge.
Location of any known utilities or utility covers (manholes, meters etc..)
Certificate of Insurance and Endorsement
Liquor Control Board Approval Letter (if alcohol is being served)
Unobstructed photos of areas proposed for use
Certificate and Hold Harmless Agreement
Application Submittal Checklist:
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Land Use Application
Sidewalk Café Seating is Allowed:
Where a business is conforming with current zoning code
Where the sidewalk is wide enough for Sidewalk Café Seating
See Pedestrian Clear Zone requirements (City of Redmond Standard Details DG12)
Five-feet minimum clear zone. A reduction to 48 inches wide clear zone can be requested with a
detailed justification but will require additional review and processing time.
Café space is limited to the space adjacent to the front of the establishment.
Fencing is optional, pavement demarcations are required for all café seating areas which are provided
by the City at time of approved site area inspection.
Seating in Private Parking Lots is Allowed When:
The temporary use will not impair the normal, safe, and effective operation of a permanent use on the
same site.
The temporary use will not significantly impact public health, safety or convenience, or create traffic
hazards or congestion, or otherwise interrupt or interfere with the normal conduct or uses and activities
in the vicinity.
The temporary use will not be materially detrimental to the surrounding uses in terms of traffic, noise,
and other external effects.
General Condition of Private Parking Conversation to Outdoor Café Seating:
A temporary use conducted in a parking facility shall not occupy or remove from availability more than 25
percent of the spaces required for the permanent use.
Each site occupied by a temporary use must provide or have available enough parking and vehicular
maneuvering area for customers or other users. Such parking need not comply with
RZC 21.40.010.G, Parking and Storage of Recreational, Utility, and Commercial Vehicles and Vessels in
Residential Neighborhoods, but must provide safe and efficient interior circulation and ingress and egress
to and from public rights-of-way.
The temporary use shall comply with all applicable standards of the Seattle-King County Health
All temporary uses shall obtain, prior to occupancy of the site, all applicable City of Redmond permits,
licenses and other approvals (e.g., business license, building permit, administrative approvals, etc.).
The applicant for a temporary use shall supply written authorization from the owner of the property on
which the temporary use is located.
Each site occupied by a temporary use shall be left free of debris, litter, or other evidence of the temporary
use upon completion of removal of the use.
All materials, structures, and products related to the temporary use must be removed from the premises
between days of operation on the site, provided that materials, structures, and products related to the
temporary use may be left on-site overnight between consecutive days of operation. By virtue of having
been in consistent operation prior to the existence of the ordinance codified in this chapter, the open air
craft and farmers market operation, commonly known as the Saturday Market, shall be allowed to store
structures on-site between weekly activity of the market, but such structures must be reviewed by
the Administrator annually and permission to leave them in place between market sessions may be
denied if they become a visual blight, safety, or health problem. They shall be removed at the end of the
permit period.
Additional conditions may be established as necessary to ensure land use compatibility and to minimize
potential impacts on nearby uses. These include, but are not limited to, time and frequency of operation,
temporary arrangements for parking and traffic circulation, requirement for screening or enclosure, and
guarantees for site restoration and cleanup following temporary uses.
Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit Conditions and Requirements
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Converting On-Street Spaces to a Parklet is Allowed When:
Sidewalk & private parking options for café seating have been exhausted to meet lost indoor dining due
to current reopening phase directive from the state and outdoor seating capacity still exists.
Inset parking is available along the frontage of the establishment and are located outside of sight
distance triangles (intersection visibility area).
If multiple applicants would like to convert parking to outdoor café seating, the City shall evaluate
potential for shared parklet space between businesses
General Conditions of On-Street Parking Conversion to Parklet/Outdoor Café Space
On-Street Café Seating shall be restricted to two (2) parking spaces (2 x 20 = 40 feet) of the frontage of
the establishment to which the permit is issued.
No more than four (4) parking spaces per block may be used by restaurants. Shared parklet space may
be evaluated by City of Redmond staff.
The proposed site shall be located at least one parking space, approximately twenty (20)
feet, in from any corner or intersection and must be protected by a bollard, sidewalk, or other
similar feature.
Parklets shall be located on parking lanes only, without any encroachment on driving lanes.
To locate café seating in the public right of way, the parking space must be a part of a street with inset
parking or “curb bump outs”. See diagram for example.
There shall always be a sixty (60) inch wide clear path on abutting sidewalks for pedestrians. A
reduction to 48 inches wide clear zone can be requested with a detailed justification but will require
additional review and processing time.
The proposed location shall have a posted speed limit of 30 mph or less. Streets with a higher speed
limit may be considered on a case by case basis.
The proposed street shall have parking lanes that will not become a tow away lane during morning or
afternoon peak hours, and the Parklet shall provide a minimum clearance of 12” from the edge of any
existing parking apron.
No parklet shall interfere with the sightlines of driveways and street intersections.
Parklets may be located on only on streets with a slope less than five (5) percent.
The Parklet shall be constructed and/or installed to conform to the applicable rules, regulations and
guidelines of the City of Redmond building Code, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and any other
applicable federal or state law or regulations.
Parklets shall be required to have soft hit posts, wheel stops, and barriers on all edges of the platform
(such as planters, railings or cables.)
Parklets shall not be allowed in front of a fire hydrant, or over a manhole, public utility valve or cover. A
clearance of fifteen (15) feet shall separate parklets from fire hydrants. Applicant may can be request
approval to place parklet over a manhole with a detailed justification but will require additional review
and processing time. Approval is not guaranteed.
All parklets and private parking areas temporarily repurposed for outdoor dining shall only be used with
the understanding that the city may require immediate access to utilities or other infrastructure for the
purpose of maintenance of emergency.
Maintenance access. Parklets must be designed to provide access under the platform to allow for
maintenance (i.e. repairs or clearing debris). If the platform base is not a solid mass, access can be
provided through access panels, removable pavers, or other means. All parklets must provide access
through the parklet platform or threshold to the gutter adjacent to the curb.
Parklets cannot impede the flow of curbside drainage. A 6 inch by 6 inch minimum clear gutter space
must be provided along the entire length of the parklet adjacent to the curb. Openings at either end of
the parklet may be covered with screens to prevent debris buildup beneath the deck and in the gutter.
See Diagram 2 on page 2.