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Sidewalk Cafe Overview

The District encourages restaurants and other qualifying businesses to open sidewalk cafés, wherever feasible. Since sidewalks are primarily intended for pedestrians and regulated by the DDOT as part of the city’s transportation network, the District reviews each sidewalk café application to make sure minimum requirements for clear sidewalks and seating are followed. This guarantees that cafés are a welcoming and safe addition to city streets.

Contact Us

Public Space Permit Office: (202) 442-4670
Learn more about sidewalk café application requirements and the Public Space Committee review process.
DC Office of Planning’s Public Space Program: (202) 442-7600
Learn more about urban design options to consider when developing plans for the location and layout of sidewalk cafés.

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