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Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion

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Overview

As we reopen Fort Lauderdale and to support the recovery of our local businesses, the City of Fort Lauderdale is temporarily expanding access to outdoor spaces, such as streets and sidewalks, in an effort to facilitate social distancing for pedestrians and business patrons in key areas of the City. The City is modifying existing regulations to help businesses serve their customers while adhering to CDC guidelines by allowing them to temporarily establish operations in public right-of-way, including on-street City parking spaces and travel lanes, in defined areas as approved by the City Commission.

North Beach Restaurants and Shoppes Las Olas Boulevard Commercial Boulevard
When Nightly, 4:30 p.m. - 7 a.m. Fridays at 7 a.m. - Mondays at 7 a.m.   24/7
Where NE 33rd Street between A1A and NE 33rd Avenue Between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue   Between NE 24 Terrace and NE 51 Street / Dupont Boulevard

What

Full road closure with street availability for business and pedestrian access. Sidewalks for expanded business use. Parking/travel lane blocked off for pedestrian access only.  Metered parking spaces within City parking lots
Who Any business approved by submitting an online application. Any business approved by submitting an online application . Any business approved by submitting an online application. 

General Guidelines

  • The areas listed above have been approved by the City Commission. Only businesses within the areas mentioned above may submit an application to temporarily expand their business operations within the right-of-way.
  • Businesses must maintain ADA access at all times. 
  • Businesses must adhere to all Centers for Disease Control (CDC), State, and City regulations pertaining to their business. For further guidance, please refer to the CDC website
  • Businesses may only expand outside in public right-of-way, including on-street City parking spaces, on a temporary basis without encroaching on the property line of any neighboring businesses.
  • License agreements must be uploaded to the application below and signed manually or via DocuSign. No electronic signatures will be accepted. 

Restaurant-Specific Guidelines

Seating shall be limited to 50% of the indoor capacity of the establishment during normal operations. The seating count outdoors shall include any existing and permitted outdoor seating to total no more than the 50% limitation and all tables and chairs shall be a minimum of 6-feet apart with no one table seating more than 10 people.

There will be NO tables and chairs allowed to be set up on the parking/travel lane in the Las Olas Boulevard location. 

As mentioned, all restaurants shall follow the CDC and state regulations for reopening in the midst of COVID-19 including, but not limited to:

  • Tables and chairs shall be sanitized between diners
  • Menus should be disposable or cleaned regularly between diners
  • Hand sanitizer shall be made available to diners
  • Staff shall regularly wash their hands
  • Any containers shared between diners (e.g. condiments) shall be cleaned regularly

Submit an Application

Complete the following application before expanding your business to include outdoor operations. Only businesses within the areas mentioned above may submit an application. If you have any questions about this program, please contact the City's 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000.

Please correct the field(s) marked in red below:

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Business Information

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Business Information
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Property Owner Information

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Property Owner Information
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Business Expansion Details

Please refer to notes above for details about any restrictions that may apply to the location of your business.

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Business Expansion Details Please refer to notes above for details about any restrictions that may apply to the location of your business.
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License Agreement

Please upload a signed copy of the license agreement below. License agreements must be signed manually or via DocuSign only. No electronic signatures will be accepted. 

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Acknowledgement

Acknowledgement
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Certification and Submission

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  1. To receive a copy of your submission, please fill out your email address below and submit.