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On June 5, 2020, certain local establishments will be permitted to resume outdoor dining during Governor Wolf’s Declaration Disaster Emergency under Pennsylvania Law. North Fayette Township does not currently allow outdoor dining unless an outdoor dining area is approved as part of land development and the current occupancy permit. Accordingly, we require that establishments who intend to create temporary outdoor dining areas during this time to submit an informal outdoor seating plan for Community Development staff to review. A temporary outdoor dining permit will be issued upon review and approval. The approved permit placard must be placed in a prominent place near the front public entrance to the establishment and must be visible from the outside.
Application & Sketch Plan Review
Businesses seeking to have temporary outdoor dining must submit a permit application to the Township containing a detailed sketch, drawn to scale, for review. The submission must have sufficient detail so that the staff can determine the layout and location on the site. A layout on a survey is preferred, but not required. A permit fee is not required.
Approvals by Outside Agencies
Approvals required by outside agencies may be required, including, but not limited to, the Allegheny County Health Department, and, for businesses wishing to serve alcohol, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Businesses that normally serve alcohol may need special permission to do so outdoors. It is up to the applicant to determine what outside agency approvals may be required to allow for outdoor dining at their business. The Township cannot grant permission for any other agency.
Permit Revocation & Possible Inspection
Township staff reserves the right to inspect temporary outdoor dining areas to ensure compliance and recommend changes if there are possible health and safety concerns. The Township reserves the right to revoke permits as necessary if the above requirements are not followed, and/or to protect the health and safety of residents and the general public.
Eventual Dining Area Removal
Permits for temporary outdoor dining areas expire on September 30, 2020, or, upon expiration of the Governor’s Declaration of Disaster Emergency, whichever is sooner, and must be removed no later than 48 hours of that date. If indoor dining is allowed at 100% capacity before September 30, 2020, or prior to the expiration of the Governor’s Declaration of Disaster Emergency, restaurants must remove their temporary outdoor dining area at that time.
Businesses seeking to maintain outdoor dining beyond this date, or wish to construct a permanent outdoor dining area, must meet all current Township regulations, and must apply for and receive land development approval, and obtain all required building and occupancy permits.
Questions or Concerns
For any questions and/or concerns, please contact the Department of Community Development by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 724-693-3080.