Downtown Sidewalk Encroachment Permit Program

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The City's Downtown Sidewalk Encroachment Permit Program allows downtown businesses to utilize the sidewalks in front of their businesses for advertising, special events, beautification, and other purposes. This program was created to develop a fair and equitable program that will enhance the overall appearance, ambiance and environment of the downtown business district. It was updated in November 2019 to better ensure that downtown remains accessible to pedestrians. A permit is required prior to placing any encroachments on the sidewalk. 

Several significant changes were made to the program. The City created 3 sidewalk zones: the furnishing zone, the pedestrian zone, and the frontage zone. These zones distinguish the locations on the sidewalk where certain activities/encroachments can take place. The frontage zone, the location closest to the building, is where business encroachments are permitted. The size of this zone will vary based on what encroachments exist in the furnishing zone, the area closest to the curb. See the FAQs below for more information on these zones.

Other changes to the program include the creation of a corner triangle area at intersections. Encroachments are not permitted within this area so as to keep pedestrian ramps in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This update also increased the permit fee from $10 to $50 and requires that fenced cafe seating areas are removed from the sidewalks between November 1 and April 1. 

 

Helpful Links

Downtown Sidewalk Encroachment Permit Program

Downtown Sidewalk Encroachment Permit Application

Sidewalk Zone Diagram

Corner Triangle Area Diagrams:

Example Insurance Certificate

Example Insurance Endorsement

Planning Department Applications:

Mobile Vending License

Development Review Applications (for fenced cafe areas)

 Exclusive Use Permit for Fenced Cafe Areas

 

 

1. Where are Downtown Sidewalk Encroachment Permits required?
2. What types of encroachments are allowed?
3. Will this permit allow me to place portable signs in areas outside of the downtown area?
4. Where can encroachments be placed?
5. Can I put a sandwich board sign in front of a location other than in front of my business?
6. What is the corner triangle area?
7. What is the difference between the 3 sidewalk zones?
8. What items must be submitted with the application to obtain a permit?
9. What are the regulations for mobile vending carts?
10. What are the regulations for fenced cafe seating areas?