Portland Moves Toward Making Street Dining Permanent

Next month, Portland City Council will vote on a Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) plan that would allow restaurants to continue to use sidewalks and streets for seating. The Outdoor Dining Program would replace the bureau’s COVID-era Healthy Business Permit program, which gave restaurants and other retail businesses permits to use outdoor spaces.

The new program would issue annual “sidewalk cafe” permits and “street seats” permits that allow the use of parking spaces. A proposal for the Outdoor Dining Program was presented to Portland City Council on August 23 by Transportation Commissioner Mingus Mapps — it includes a tiered fee system with permit costs based on dining structures. Fees

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