The District encourages restaurants and other qualifying businesses to, wherever feasible, open sidewalk cafés. Since sidewalks are primarily intended for pedestrians as part of the city's transportation network, DDOT reviews sidewalk café applications to ensure that they are welcoming and safe additions to city streets.
Generally, the design of sidewalk cafés should:
DDOT discourages the design of sidewalk cafés that:
Procedures & Services
DDOT reviews sidewalk café applications to make sure minimum requirements for clear sidewalks and seating are followed. All public space permit applications should be processed through DDOT's Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPs).
Transportation Plans & Studies