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Outdoor Dining Program

We are committed to supporting and growing Boston’s restaurants through the 2023 Outdoor Dining Program.

Building on Boston’s ongoing commitment to supporting restaurants, the Outdoor Dining Program will continue many successful initiatives from previous years. These include permitting, outdoor patios on roadways, and an online application portal. We'll also add new features, like outdoor dining consultations, accessible design templates, real-time application tracking, and annual license renewals.

The Office of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion has the tools and expertise to help restaurants expand their seating capacity with outdoor dining patios. Interested in expanding your restaurant to have outdoor seating?

Please review the 2023 Permanent Outdoor Dining Guidance before applying! Once you are ready to apply, fill out the application form or email us at and a member of our outdoor dining team will contact you.

Overview of Outdoor Dining Program

The 2023 Permanent Outdoor Dining Program will begin on May 1, 2023. Apply by accessing the application portal.

How to Submit an Outdoor Dining Application

Go to application portal

Please note: The City of Boston will not be reviewing or permitting on street outdoor dining applications in the North End for the 2023 outdoor dining season. 

If you are approved for permanent outdoor dining, you may deploy your outdoor dining patio at that time. Once the portal opens, you will be able upload a picture of your complete patio set up and stay up-to-date on your application status. For any additional questions, please email us at

Objectives of the program: 
  • Update the pre-COVID-19 process to reflect the current needs for the 2023 Outdoor Dining Program by implementing a new application platform
  • Keep majority of the temporary guidelines for the permanent program based upon critical updates and lessons learned from the previous years of outdoor dining
  • Implement new guidelines that focus on accessibility and public safety 
  • Create a new community process for businesses, residents, and neighborhood groups
  • Increasing the participation rate in neighborhoods that are underrepresented

Upcoming Informational Webinars

We will be hosting outdoor dining informational sessions every Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. starting on March 14. Register for the event to learn more about the program and have your questions answered!

Dates Session Information

March 21

March 28

April 4

  • How to Apply Information Session

April 11 

April 18 

April 25 

  • Outdoor Dining Site Plans

May 2 

May 9 

May 16 

  • Before you Start Your Outdoor Dining Season 

May 23

May 30

June 6 

  • Setting up your Outdoor Patio

June 13 

June 20 

June 27 

  • Office Hours 




North End Task Force

The City of Boston is committed to stewarding a robust permanent outdoor dining program. To do that, it is important that all voices are heard and that stakeholder concerns are addressed.

To help the Office of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion stand up a robust and inclusive outdoor dining program, the City will use this season to assemble a North End On-Street Outdoor Dining Task Force. The task force will be made up of North End residents and business owners. They will determine how these issues could be remedied in future iterations of the permanent outdoor dining program. 

Interested in being a member of the North End On-Street Outdoor Dining Task Force? Please fill out this form. Only serious inquiries will be considered. Please note: Applications are due on Friday, March 24th. 

Map of Outdoor Dining Locations

View a map of outdoor dining locations in 2022. The map will be updated for the 2023 outdoor dining season.
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