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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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.