Bayonne outlines outdoor dining guidelines

Establishments already holding a permit need to mail the city certification

Outdoor dining in the street in NJ. Photo by DW labs Incorporated for Shutterstock.
Outdoor dining in the street in NJ. Photo by DW labs Incorporated for Shutterstock.

Food and beverage establishments can resume outdoor dining starting on April 1, according to Mayor James Davis. The initiative aims to support the local economy by allowing establishments to make use of temporary outdoor dining under a temporary use permit.

In June, the City Council passed a resolution last year allowing temporary outdoor dining and streamlining the application process.

Spring is here and so is outdoor seating

These permits will allow food and/or beverage establishments to expand the areas available for seating on a case by case basis. These temporary use permits were approved for most establishments last year through an active mercantile license from the City of Bayonne.

If an establishment received approval in 2020 for temporary outdoor dining, a new application is not required if the proposed use remains the same. However, proof of 2021 insurance must be provided.

If the business proposal has changed, a new application will be required. Temporary outdoor dining permits allow operation from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at A.B.C.-licensed facilities and normal business hours for non-A.B.C.-licensed facilities.

Establishments interested in continuing their temporary outdoor dining use permit in the same manner as the 2020 approval must sign a certification and mail or place it in the drop box outside City Hall to the attention of Room #13- Zoning Office. There is no fee to continue the temporary outdoor dining use for qualifying food or beverage establishments.

Any establishment that did not apply previously or receive approval for outdoor dining must submit a new application packet along with proof of insurance coverage. There is no fee for new applications or the continuation certification.

For questions, contact Tracey Tuohy in the Zoning Office at 201-858- 6110 or Michele O’Reilly at the Bayonne Health Department at 201-858-6355.

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