To support the recovery of Asheville’s business community and enable social distancing and safe public access to businesses and services, the City of Asheville is accepting requests from businesses and organizations to temporarily use the public sidewalk directly adjacent to their storefront for merchandising or dining.
As of Dec. 16, 2020, this initiatives will be extended into 2021 for the duration of the Local State of NC Emergency issued by Buncombe County and the City of Asheville. Once the Local State of Emergency has been lifted, participating establishments will have 30 days to restore to pre-expansion conditions.
Restaurants, retail establishments and organizations with access to public sidewalks directly adjacent to their storefront may request to temporarily use these areas at no cost for merchandising or dining, provided that all guidelines outlined in the Temporary Outdoor Expansion Guidelines for Public Sidewalks and regulations and best practices by other applicable regulatory agencies are followed.
Please review all sections of the Temporary Outdoor Expansion Guidelines for Public Sidewalks below before beginning your request. Then click the Begin button below to start your public sidewalk request.
Click here to access separate guidelines and online request forms to temporary use private parking lots, landscape areas and walkways and public on-street public parking spot "parklet" adjacent to your organization.
Call the Planner of the Day hotline at 828-259-5450 if you are unsure whether the space you are interested in using is public or private.
Once you submit your request, the City of Asheville will review it for safety and follow up with you by email with authorization. Please allow one business day for authorization and to ensure that your contact email address and phone number are correct on the request form.
City authorization is subject to evolving public health and safety guidance. The City may necessarily amend, delay or revoke authorization at any time.
Businesses eligible to serve alcohol on their temporarily extended premises must review and follow all guidelines set by the NC ABC Commission and notify their ALE agent or District ALE office of the temporary extension of premises prior to use of the extended area. Note that guidelines from NC ABC are only valid during Phase 3 of Governor Cooper’s easing of restrictions.