City of Melbourne Adopts Temporary Outdoor Seating Policy to Help Local Restaurants

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Restaurants may also offer outdoor seating with 6-feet of space between tables

Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced the Safe, Smart, Step-By-Step Plan to Reopen Florida. Phase 1 of the plan will begin on Monday, May 4, and will allow the re-opening of restaurants and retail establishments at 25 percent capacity.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced the Safe, Smart, Step-By-Step Plan to Reopen Florida. Phase 1 of the plan will begin on Monday, May 4, and will allow the re-opening of restaurants and retail establishments at 25 percent capacity.

Restaurants may also offer outdoor seating with 6-feet of space between tables.

To help Melbourne’s restaurants take full advantage of this plan, the City of Melbourne has adopted a temporary policy to allow restaurants to expand a portion of their seating outdoors for on-site food consumption.

This temporary allowance includes the ability to place outdoor seating within parking or landscape areas and within the City’s right-of-way, subject to City approval.

This would include the ability to locate seating in accordance with the Zoning Code while maintaining adequate distance for ADA compliance; access to businesses; and any social distance requirements in effect.

In addition, the City will waive the $30 application review fee, the $100 sidewalk-use base fee, and the $25 per-seat fee. This allowance will only be good through the Declared State of Emergency.

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The City of Melboune requires an application permit for this temporary outdoor seating along with a scaled drawing that shows all dimensions and spacing related to the seating areas, accessibility and clearance requirements, and the number of tables and chairs that will be used outside

Contact the City of Melbourne Community Development Department at 321-608-7500 or via e-mail at community.development@mlbfl.org

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