Temporary Outdoor Seating Expansion General Information, Rules and Guidelines

Process for restaurants and bars to temporarily expand or introduce outdoor seating while taking prudent precautions to reduce the exposure to, and slow the spread of, COVID-19.

Publication Date: 05/19/2020
Document Type: Printed Forms and Templates
Sponsor: Office of Special Events

Summary
The City of St. Louis has worked to create a streamlined process that will allow restaurants and bars to temporarily expand or introduce outdoor seating while taking prudent precautions to reduce the exposure to, and slow the spread of, COVID-19 among both staff and guests while increasing customer table seating capacity within the restaurant operating protocols.

We are encouraging establishment owners to explore three types of seating expansions.

1.The Use of Private Property 

2.The Use of Adjacent Sidewalks 

3.The use of Public Streets (see the application for details)

There are NO FEES for the 2020 Temporary Outdoor Seating Expansion permit, and permits will be processed/issued in a week or less time. 

Steps to Apply:

1. Please review the guidelines and complete the Temporary Outdoor Seating Expansion Application.

2. For questions and to submit your application please contact The Office of Special Events at 314-589-6400 or email at howsert@stlouis-mo.gov

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