On May 8, the City of DeLand launched temporary city-wide program to allow restaurants affected by the COVID-19 crisis to immediately provide outdoor seating in parking and open space area. This is part of the city's efforts to support our residents, businesses and restaurants during this challenging time.
The City Commission directed staff to ease restrictions on sidewalk cafés in Downtown DeLand as restaurants prepare for more patrons in the coming weeks.
Effective immediately, businesses and restaurants can apply for an expedited permit for outdoor seating.
Starting Friday, May 8, the program allows for the following:
- Existing restaurants without a current sidewalk cafe permit may apply for an expedited permit.
- Businesses with existing sidewalk café permits may also apply to temporarily expand their cafés, as long as they have permission from adjoining businesses.
- Restaurants outside of the downtown district will be able to apply to setup temporary outside seating on private property as long as space is available.
Outside dining must meet social distancing guidelines and be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The program was developed after consulting with DeLand merchants and restaurants. Several options were presented to downtown merchants through a survey conducted by MainStreet DeLand Association and DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce with all respondents agreeing they were in favor of allowing temporary sidewalk cafés to businesses that do not currently have one. Almost all of the merchants who took part in the survey were in favor to allow temporary expansion of sidewalk cafés.
Along with expanded outdoor seating, curbside pickup service in Downtown DeLand will continue to be offered for the foreseeable future.
Questions or concerns should be directed to Planning Director Mike Holmes at 386-626-7017 or Community Development Director Rick Werbiskis at 386-626-7024.
Temporary Use of Interior of Adjacent Business Space - Downloadable Application