Apply for an Outdoor Dining Permit

Apply now for the Summer 2022 season!

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Outdoor Dining Café

An outdoor dining café is any group of tables, chairs, benches and suitable decorative devices or other fixtures, maintained within the public right-of-way; and its intended use is for the purpose of consumption of food or beverage by patrons of a licensed food or beverage service establishment. Seasonal Summer Outdoor Dining season begins Opening Day (Detroit Tigers) and ends November 30th, with hours of operation from 7AM to 1AM. The City's Winter Outdoor Dining program lasts from Decembers 1st through April 1st.


Please refer to both the Seasonal Outdoor Application Guidebook and the Winter Outdoor Application Guidebooks located below for more information.


To successfully obtain a permit, you will need to do the following:

  • Apply online using the following link : Outdoor Dining Application
  • Attach the following to your application:
    • Site Plan

    • Images of furniture

    • Signed Indemnity Agreement (Updated and does not need to be notarized.)

    • Photo of Existing Condition

    • If establishment is located in a Historic District, you will need to fill out a Historic District Commission Project Review Request Application.

    • Tent Specifications

    • Certificate of Flame Resistance(for heaters)

    • Heater Specification (winter use)


For questions or more information, please email [email protected] .