Temporary Extension of Premises Guidelines 2
II. Outdoor Alcohol Sales Application - if applicable - if currently licensed to serve/pour alcohol on-premises.
III. Tent Permit - if applicable - If installing a tent, a Tent Permit must be obtained from the Building Department. A
tent permit fee will still be required. 50% of the cover’s perimeter must be open, meaning a top and two side
coverings are acceptable.
a. A certificate of flame resistance must be submitted and approved.
b. All tents must comply with 780 CMR sections 108, 34, 10 and chapter 24 of the International Fire Code
(Tent rental companies should be familiar with codes.)
c. Tents must have an approved fire extinguisher on site.
d. Exit signage, emergency lighting and lights are required.
e. Portable heaters must be inspected and approved and carbon monoxide detectors may be required.
IV. Permission of Property Owner, if applicable – If the parking lot is not owned by the restaurant, submit a letter
of permission from the owner of the parking lot indicating permission to use it for outdoor dining.
V. Site Plan – submit a drawing showing the parking lot you would like to use for outdoor dining that includes the
following information (please adhere to state guidance):
a. Dimensions of the entire parking lot. Include the total number of spaces and handicap spaces that will
remain available for parking.
b. Dimensions of the portion of the parking lot to be used for outdoor dining. Include the number of spaces
that will be used for dining.
c. Locations of curb cuts with ramps to the parking lot, if applicable.
d. Layout of tables and chairs.
i. Tables must be 6’ apart to facilitate social distancing.
ii. Identify the number of seats per table and 6’ radius around each table.
iii. The size of a party seated at a table cannot exceed 6 people.
e. Dimensions of tables.
f. Description of proposed furniture. Must be smooth, durable, and easy to clean.
g. Photo or description of barriers to be used to protect diners from vehicles and their locations (i.e. at
entrance(s) to parking lots, around the portion of the lot being used for outdoor dining, etc.).
h. Locations of directional signage, and signage posted to employ social distancing and hygiene protocols.
i. The outdoor dining area and barriers must be accessible and meet ADA and Massachusetts Architectural
Access Board’s regulations. https://www.mass.gov/law-library/521-cmr. This information is also
included in this guidance packet.
j. Alternative Parking Area(s) – describe or indicate on the site plan, other areas where customers could
park when visiting your establishment. Indicate whether you will rely on street parking.
VI. Outdoor Dining COVID-19 Safety Protocol Plan – fill out the attached form and include it with your submittal
VII. Outdoor Dining COVID-19 Safety Protocol Affidavit – review the attached affidavit and include the signed
document with your submittal.
VIII. Insurance - Workers Compensation Affidavit
a. Proof of Liquor Liability Insurance including the extended premises area (if serving alcohol).
IX. Inspection – All temporary outdoor dining areas shall be inspected by the inspection team prior to occupancy.
Responsibilities of the Restaurant
The restaurant, through its owner and/or manager, is responsible for the following as it pertains to the use of the
parking lot for outdoor dining:
1. Adherence to the plans and documents submitted, reviewed, and approved;
2. Food and Alcoholic beverages may not be served outside of a licensed establishment unless and until an
application to extend the licensed premises has been approved.
3. The outdoor area must be contiguous to the licensed premises with either (a) a clear view of the area from
inside the premises, or (b) the licensee may commit to providing management personnel dedicated to the area.
4. Procurement of tables, chairs, disinfecting stations, and any other physical items that will be used in the outdoor
5. Procurement and installation of temporary safety barriers to protect diners from vehicles; and
6. Provide evidence of liability insurance to the Town covering the new dining space.