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City adopts a new ordinance to allow food and beverage businesses to expand outdoor service areas

Post Date:05/29/2020 5:27 PM

Restaurants in Colorado were allowed to reopen for limited sit-down, dine-in service earlier this week in accordance with updated state guidelines. In addition, the City of Commerce City has adopted a new ordinance to allow restaurants and similar businesses to expand their dining areas to outdoor spaces such as adjacent parking lots, effective immediately.

Under the temporary outdoor service program, restaurants are allowed to:

  • Use a portion of adjacent private property zoned commercial or industrial (to include landscaped or parking areas) for outdoor service areas (with permission of the property owner).
  • Use adjacent public property or right-of-way for outdoor services with a separate easement or license granted by the permit manager.
  • Cross public sidewalks to deliver food or beverages to the outdoor service area without a separate easement or license so long as doing so does not interfere with public activities, utilities or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Serve alcohol in the outdoor service area with an approved temporary modification to the liquor license.
  • Use tents in compliance with the fire code and city building codes.

Outdoor service areas can be established immediately but restaurants will need to apply for a temporary outdoor service permit by July 1, 2020 to continue the outdoor service. The permit application form will be available by mid-June and permits will be valid through October 31, 2020.

Read the full guidelines regarding the temporary outdoor permit applications and find additional resources for businesses at View the full restaurant guidelines from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment here.

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