Temporary Permit Program Allows Café seating in the Public Right of Way
Eugene restaurants wanting to meet physical distancing requirements can expand their dining rooms into the outdoors through a no-cost, temporary permit program from the City of Eugene.
Restaurants can expand their serving areas onto sidewalks and on-street parking spaces with a “Streatery” permit, which allows café seating in the public right of way. The City created the temporary program to help restaurants operate under the State of Oregon’s COVID-19 guidelines. The Streatery program is in effect until October 31, 2020.
"We are adapting our processes as fast as possible to help our local businesses open safely and get Eugeneans back to work,” said Sarah Medary, City Manager. “Using the outdoors, including sidewalks and parking stalls, is a way we can work together so patrons and employees can maintain 6 feet of distance from each other.”
The City already had a permitting procedure to allow café seating on sidewalks, but the temporary program simplifies the process, eliminates a fee, and makes it possible to spread beyond the sidewalk. Eugene restaurants have responded enthusiastically to the Streatery program, with several restaurants receiving permits and other businesses inquiring about them.
Beginning July 16, the section of East Broadway between Willamette and Olive streets was closed to motor vehicle traffic to enable expanded café seating for area bars and restaurants. The City of Eugene is working directly with the business owners on this section of Broadway, who are all supportive of this arrangement.
See the Broadway Streatery tab below for more information.
How to Apply
To apply, interested parties should complete the Temporary Permit for Outdoor Seating within the Public Right of Way.
- Applicants must attach a map, either photograph or diagram showing the public right of way they wish to use for outdoor seating.
- Contact the City’s business support team at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the boundary of the public right of way.
- Use the City’s design guidelines for café seating and window and sidewalk signage.
- The use of on-street parking spaces requires a safety barrier to protect customers from moving vehicles. Provide a description of barrier materials, including their placement and height.
- Those wanting to use on-street parking spaces must also provide proof of general liability insurance that will protect permit holder and the City from claims for property damage or bodily injury (see specific requirements below).
- The Oregon Liquor Control Commission also requires an adjustment to a liquor license to extend service beyond premises. Download OLCC Extension of Licensed Premises application.
Applicants should submit completed applications to: email@example.com
For café seating in on-street parking spaces, the permit application refers to insurance requirements, described below:
R -3.336- F Insurance and Hold Harmless Agreement.
1. Insurance Coverage. Upon approval of a license application, but prior to issuance, the vendor shall furnish to the City, or its designee, proof of broad form commercial general
liability insurance, including products and completed operations coverage for food and beverage service ( if applicable). Such insurance shall:
1.1 Protect licensee and the City from all claims for damage to property or for bodily injury, including death, which may arise from operations under or in connection with the license;
1.2 Provide split limits coverage in the minimum amount of $250,000 for bodily injuries to one person, $ 500,000 for bodily injuries for each occurrence, and $ 100,000 property damage, or in lieu of the above described coverages, a combined single limit of not less than $500,000 covering any number of claims arising out of any single occurrence, plus cost of defense;
1.3 Be without prejudice to other existing coverage;
1.4 Name as additional insureds the City, its officers, agents, and employees;
1.5 Provide that the policy shall not terminate or be cancelled prior to the expiration of the license term without 30 days written notice to the City or its designee, unless waived by the City or its designee in writing.
At least ten days prior to the expiration of a liability insurance policy required hereunder, or the effective date in a notice of insurance cancellation, the licensee shall submit to the City or its
designee, satisfactory documentation that the insurance has been renewed, extended, or replaced. Failure to comply with this requirement, or if the insurance lapses, is cancelled, or is less than the
required amounts, shall be grounds for the immediate and summary suspension of the license or permit.
Broadway Street Closure for Expanded Streatery Supports Downtown Businesses
Beginning July 16, the section of East Broadway between Willamette and Olive streets is closed to motor vehicle traffic to enable expanded café seating for area bars and restaurants. People walking or using non-motorized vehicles like bicycles, skateboards or roller skates are encouraged to use the travel lanes for through travel and business access. Following the July 16 soft launch of the Broadway Streatery, additional café seating, music, lights and more will be coming over the course of the next couple weeks.
The Broadway Streatery is a temporary measure to support business activity, safe social gathering and community recovery in response to COVID-19. The initiative will be evaluated on an ongoing basis to determine whether it is having a positive impact for downtown Eugene and our community as whole. If it is successful, the Broadway Streatery will remain open until at least October 31, 2020.
The City of Eugene is working directly with the business owners on this section of Broadway, who are all supportive of this arrangement. Closing the street to motor vehicles will allow businesses that serve food and beverage to expand their square footage into the right-of-way (sidewalks and parking spaces), allowing for safe physical distancing between customers in an outdoor environment. Physical distancing and proper hand hygiene are strongly encouraged and face coverings are required if 6-feet of distance cannot be maintained. Each business on this section of Broadway will receive 480 KN95 masks to hand out to patrons, part of the 26,000 masks the City has received from Business Oregon to support businesses reopening.
Emergency vehicle access to this block and surrounding areas will be maintained by using “soft” barriers to close the street to motor vehicle traffic, which emergency vehicles will be able to drive over.
Service alleys in the area will remain accessible from 10th Avenue and 8th Avenue. Thus, deliveries should not be negatively impacted. Take-out customers will need to park on adjacent blocks and walk to pick up to-go orders.
The City of Eugene is committed to working with our community to safely reopen and support local economic development and community recovery. Contact Eric Brown with questions about this project or ideas about what else we can be doing to support our downtown.