Temporary Outdoor Dining Ordinance

New Hope Council Adopts Temporary Outdoor Dining Ordinance
Posted on 05/28/2020
New Hope City Council approved an interim ordinance temporarily suspending applicable zoning regulations related to outdoor dining. The ordinance, approved at the May 26 council meeting, gives New Hope dining establishments added flexibility to create outdoor seating in available parking areas, sidewalks or other adjacent open spaces in order to meet social distancing and other requirements as set forth by the Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-56. The ordinance also allows the city to administratively approve temporary expansion of the businesses’ liquor license, allowing for an expanded liquor service area for the licensee.

“One of the reasons we are doing this is really important to all of us, to keep our businesses as viable as possible,” New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken said. “This is one way to do that.”

The city will require a temporary outdoor dining permit, at no cost to applicants. To apply, businesses are required to submit a site plan indicating the location of the intended outdoor dining area along with location and number of tables, chairs and any barricades, a COVID-19 preparedness plan and representation of intent to comply with the Governor’s orders.

For more information, contact New Hope Community Development Director Jeff Sargent at 763.531.5196.