TOWN OF SHREWSBURY
100 MAPLE AVENUE
SHREWSBURY, MASSACHUSETTS 01545-5398
Temporary Extension of Premises for Outdoor Dining
Guidelines and Application Requirements
The Town of Shrewsbury has developed the following guidance for the temporary use of a private parking lot or land
adjacent to your restaurant to allow for outdoor dining to increase business activity and revenues in a safe and responsible
way during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please be aware that this temporary expansion of premises is only effective through November 1, 2020, or until the
Governor’s Order of June 1, 2020 is rescinded, whichever is sooner, at which time will revert to the original licensed
premise.
Before the private parking lot or land is used for the benefit of the restaurant, the owner or his/her/their designee, shall
submit the following information to the Board of Selectmen for approval. Please feel free to reach out to the following
individuals with any questions:
Name
Email Address
Contact for Questions About…
Alexandria Martinez,
Administrative Assistant to the
Board of Selectmen
amartinez@shrewsburyma.gov
Application, Licensing, Liquor licensing
Kerry Stockwell, Health
Department
kstockwell@shrewsburyma.gov
COVID safety for staff and customers,
reopening inspection
Patty Sheehan, Building Inspector
Dale Blue, Electrical Inspector
John Zachariewicz, Assistant
Building Inspector
psheehan@shrewsburyma.gov
dblue@shrewsburyma.gov
jzachariewicz@shrewsburyma.gov
Tent Permit/Site Plan
Bernard Cahill, Town Planner
Aidas Rudis, Assistant Town
Planner
bcahill@shrewsburyma.gov
arudis@shrewsburyma.gov
Site Plan Review
Seth Colby, Deputy Fire Chief
scolby@shrewsburyma.gov
Tent Permit/Site Plan
Lt. Nick Perna, Police Department
nperna@pd.ci.shrewsbury.ma.us
Safety/Inspection
For additional information regarding COVID safety and sector-specific guidance for reopening, go to:
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts
Application Requirements:
Please email to amartinez@shrewsburyma.gov or send via mail with attention to:
Board of Selectmen, 100 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
I. Application Form fill out the attached application form and include it with your submittal. There is no
application fee.
Office of the
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
TELEPHONE: (508) 841-8504
FAX: (508) 842-0587
selectmen@shrewsburyma.gov
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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
dining area;
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.
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Rights of the Town of Shrewsbury
The Town of Shrewsbury reserves the right to revoke its permission to allow the use of the parking lot for outdoor dining
for the following reasons:
1. The application is for a business, which does not have the appropriate licensure for service of food and where
applicable, alcohol, including all requisite licenses/permits, such as: alcohol license for on-premises
consumption, common victualler, or food permit
2. The operation of the outdoor dining area is not in compliance with submitted safety protocols;
3. The outdoor dining area is not facilitating safe passage in accordance with Americans with Disability Act
requirements.
4. The Board of Health, Chief of Police, and/or their designees determine that the operation of the outdoor dining
area is negatively impacting public health and safety.
5. The Governor’s COVID-19 Order No. 35 of June 1, 2020 is rescinded.
TELEPHONE: (508) 841-8504
Office of the
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
FAX: (508) 842-0587
selec
tmen@shrewsburyma.gov
TOWN OF SHREWSBURY
100 MAPLE AVENUE
SHREWSBURY, MASSACHUSETTS 01545-5398
Application for Temporary Extension of Premises for Outdoor Dining
1. Applicant and Restaurant Information
Business Name: _______________________________________ ABCC License #: _____________________
Business Address: ________________________________________________________________________
Telephone:___________________________________ Cell Phone:__________________________________
Manager: ____________________________________ Email Address: ______________________________
Property Owner: _________________________________________________________________________
2. Hours of Operation for Outdoor Dining Area(s)
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
3. Location(s) of outdoor dining area(s) proposed. Note: Indicate Yes or No.
Deck
Lawn
Parking Lot
Patio
Sidewalk
Other (specify):
4. Proposed Outdoor Capacity and Parking Spaces. Note: Tables must be at least 6 feet apart
to facilitate social distancing.
Number of Seats
Number of Tables
On Site Parking Spaces Proposed
5. Alcohol Sales and Consumption (On-Premises): If your establishment is currently licensed
to serve/pour alcohol on premises please complete the Outdoor Alcohol Sales Application
to extend your premises to allow the sale and consumption of alcohol in the outdoor
dining area.
By signing this form the Applicant acknowledges that he/she understands and will comply with
all applicable liquor regulations set forth by the Local Licensing Authority (BOS) of the Town of
Shrewsbury, Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, and any other local or state authority.
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Applicant Signature Date
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FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY. PREMISES MEETS EXTENSION REQUIREMENTS
Building: _________Health: _________ Police: __________ Fire:__________ Planning: _______
This License has been APPROVED DENIED Date: __________
Inspection Completed:_____________ Date:_________
TOWN OF SHREWSBURY
OUTDOOR DINING COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL PLAN
I. Social Distancing. Check the boxes to certify that you have:
Ensured that all persons, including employees and customers in the outdoor dining area,
remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible.
Established protocols to ensure that employees can practice adequate physical distancing.
Posted signage for safe physical distancing.
Required face coverings or masks for all employees that cover their mouth and nose.
II. Hygiene Protocols. Check the boxes to certify that you have:
Provided hand washing capabilities throughout the workplace.
Ensured frequent hand washing by employees and provided adequate supplies to do so.
Provided regular sanitization of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment,
screens, tables and chairs, perimeter barriers, doorknobs, restrooms.
Implemented additional procedures. Please describe them here:
III. Staffing and Operations. Check the boxes to certify that you have:
Provided training for employees regarding the social distancing and hygiene protocols.
Ensured employees who are displaying COVID-19-like symptoms do not report to work.
Implemented additional procedures. Please describe them here:
IV. Cleaning and Disinfecting. Check the boxes to certify that you have:
Established and maintained cleaning protocols specific to the outdoor dining area.
Ensured that when an active employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, cleaning and
disinfecting is performed
Prepared to disinfect all common surfaces at intervals appropriate to said workplace.
Implemented additional procedures. Please describe them here:
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Signature of Owner/Manager Print Name Date
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TOWN OF SHREWSBURY
OUTDOOR DINING COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL AFFIDAVIT
I,______________________(name) being the owner or manager of _______________(name of
restaurant) located at _______________________________ (address), Shrewsbury, MA,
acknowledge and accept the responsibilities of maintaining a clean and safe outdoor dining
experience for guests and for staff in the outdoor dining area through the diligent adherence to
the Outdoor Dining COVID-19 Safety Protocol Plan submitted along with any and all mandatory
state safety standards for workplaces and outdoor dining.
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Signature of Applicant Date
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TOWN OF SHREWSBURY
REQUIREMENTS FOR ACCESSIBILITY
Dining must be accessible and meet ADA and Massachusetts Architectural Access Board’s
regulations. https://www.mass.gov/law-library/521-cmr
521 CMR 17.00: RESTAURANTS
17.2 SEATING
At least 5% but not less than one, of the tables shall be accessible, be on an accessible
route, and in compliance with the following:
17.2.2 A 36-inch (36" = 914mm) access aisle shall be provided between all accessible tables. No
seating shall overlap the access aisle. See Fig. 17a.
17.2.3 Clear floor space as defined in 521 CMR 5.00: DEFINITIONS shall be provided at each
seating space. Such clear floor space shall not overlap knee space by more than 19 inches
(19" = 483mm). See Fig. 17a.
17.2.4 Knee Clearances: If seating for people in wheelchairs is provided at tables or counters,
knee spaces at least 27 inches (27" = 686mm) high, 30 inches (30" = 762mm) wide, and 19
inches (19" = 483mm) deep shall be provided. See Fig. 17b.
17.2.5 Height of Tables or Counters: The tops of accessible tables and counters shall be from 28
inches to 34 inches (28" to 34" = 711mm to 864mm) above the finish floor or ground. See
Fig 17b.
ACCEPTABLE BARRIERS
Barriers placed around the perimeter of the outdoor dining area must meet the following
requirements:
Height: Between 36” – 38” in height
Not Permanent: Free-standing, stable, and easily removed
Continuous Rail: They must have a continuous rail 2” to 6” from the sidewalk or parking
space surface
Base: The base of the barrier must be flat, with less than ½” thickness and placed so that it
extends less than 6” into the areas around the outdoor dining area.
SAMPLES OF ACCEPTABLE BARRIERS
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