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General Guidelines for Phase Three
Business-Specific Guidelines for Phase Three
Here is additional City specific information on the minimum requirements for using additional outdoor areas and/or tents.
Outdoor Seating at RestaurantsIf you are using your pre-COVID outdoor space for dining, you do not need any additional permit to reopen that outdoor space. Please review the Governor’s mandatory requirements to find more details.
Use of Sidewalks or Parking Lots for Additional Outdoor UsesTo use a sidewalk or parking lot for additional outdoor seating or other business, the business must create and submit an Outdoor Area Plan. It must include:
Email the Outdoor Area Plan to firstname.lastname@example.org. All plans will be evaluated based on code regulations for safety and ADA requirements, and it is possible that not every permit will be granted. You must have a permit before proceeding with your plan. (Note: the City’s Emergency Declaration allows the City Manager to suspend parking and other zoning requirements for the purpose of facilitating outdoor dining).Tents for Outdoor Dining or Other UsesYou will need a tent permit. If the tent will have electric lighting or other electrical service, that also will require a permit and a safety inspection by the City.
Tents are restricted by size and area (maximum size is 30’x30’ with an occupant load of 30 persons). Calculations on occupancy inside the tent area will be limited to 50% of tent capacity as outlined by the Governors Executive Order. The tent application and the requirements for Phase One are here: www.fallschurchva.gov/TentApplication and www.fallschurchva.gov/TentCOVID. The permit fee for tents is waived for the COVID-19 emergency.
QuestionsFeel free to contact the City’s Permits team at email@example.com with any questions.