To support Asheville's community and enable social distancing and safe public access to businesses and services, the City of Asheville is extending the AVL Shares Space temporary outdoor expansion program deadline 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.
Businesses and organizations that plan to incorporate winter weather accomodations into a temporary AVL Shares Space location should complete this online application to obtain authorization or extend their current authorization for:
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 five business days for review and ensure that your contact email address and phone number are correct on this form.
Authorized program participants who do not incorporate winter accomodations - like heaters, tents and vinyl patio sides - into temporarily a AVL Shares Space location do not need to submit this winter authorization application. Original AVL Shares Space program authorization and associated permits will automatically extend provided that participants continue to adhere to all program guidelines and outdoor spaces reflect the original submitted site plan.
Authorized program participants must continue to follow all State and County guidelines for health and occupancy while using temporary outdoor expansion space. Expanded outdoor space does not allow for increased occupancy.
City authorization is subject to evolving public health and safety guidance. The City may necessarily amend, delay or revoke authorization at any time.
City staff are available to answer questions and provide consultation related to winterization by calling 828-259-5967 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, frequently asked questions (FAQs) are provided at on pages 5-8 of the Winter Guidelines below.