Temporary Outdoor Dining

Given the challenges associated with COVID-19, the City of Happy Valley would like to support alternative ways to help increase patronage of local businesses affected by physical distancing requirements. To this end, the City has created a temporary dining program to allow restaurants and bars to operate in outdoor settings adjacent to their businesses. The program aims to allow establishments in Happy Valley to expand their accommodations and effectively maximize their social distancing options. The program has a streamlined permitting process and ensures that fire, life, and safety protocols are being met.


Businesses eligible for this program include restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets, coffee shops, bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distillery pubs, and other similar places of public accommodation offering food, beverages, or alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.

Eligible Outdoor Areas:

Under this temporary program, eligible businesses may be able to temporarily expand into private property adjacent to their current location. This may include off-street parking lots and common open space, provided the business has the property owner’s consent.

Existing patios:

If a business’s patio area is already being used for food and beverage service, no temporary permit will be needed. The only exception to this is if the existing area is expanded in size or if furniture, such as tents and shade devices, are added. If expansion is desired, each application may have unique circumstances to consider. Generally, for businesses that have a liquor license, the outdoor area must be within line of sight or adjacent to the existing premise.

Allowed Furniture in Outdoor Dining Area:

The outdoor area may include temporary tables, benches, chairs, tents, and shade devices, as well as temporary railings or other similar means of containment and separation between patrons and the public. All furnishings and lighting must be easily removed at the end of the program period. Depending on what you are installing (i.e. lighting/heaters), electrical, building, or fire permits may be required.

Application Fee:

There is no application or permit fees to participate in this program. However, businesses with OLCC permits may have to pay a fee to amend their state liquor license, if applicable.

Program Length:

Approved businesses will be able to use the temporary outdoor space until March 2021. The program may be expanded for an additional length of time depending on status of the pandemic. At the conclusion of the program, businesses will have one week to remove any fixtures from their outdoor area.

How to Apply?

Email stevec@happyvalleyor.gov
or call 503-783-3800.

The application and inspection process are quick and simple, and we would be happy to answer any questions you might have!

The City is hopeful this program will provide a safe and effective way to help your business thrive during these unprecedented times. We believe local businesses are strong additions to the community and are excited to help foster an opportunity for your continued success.

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