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Temporary Outdoor Service Area Permit

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.

Application Deadlines

  • 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.
  • Restaurants seeking to expand their outdoor dining space under the ordinance will also need to apply. 
  • Permits will be valid through October 31, 2020

Application Checklist
Complete all of the following and send completed packet to: You can also submit in person at the Commerce City Civic Center, 7887 E. 60th Ave., Mon-Thur, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. There is no fee for the Temporary Outdoor Service Area Permit.

1. Complete the Application Form  (en Español)

2. Submit a simple site plan  (en Español) including the following: location of business, property lines, existing obstruction, proposed seating layout, dimensions, relocation of handicapped
parking spaces, drive/fire lanes, hydrants, and sidewalks (if applicable)

3. Sign the Statement of Understanding  (en Español)

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