October 23, 2020

Fee waiver for outdoor business services extended to early January in Dearborn | News

Fee waiver for outdoor business services extended to early January in Dearborn | News

To continue to accommodate businesses operating at limited capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions, the City has extended the fee waiver on outdoor business services until Jan. 3, 2021.

This accommodation, which was first enacted in early June, was originally scheduled to expire on Nov. 1.

Additionally, as the weather gets colder, the City has decided to waive permit fees for outdoor heating equipment for these areas.

Indoor capacity restrictions caused by COVID-19 safety concerns mean that restaurants have limited seating, and businesses must decrease the number of customers who can come inside.

In response, the City, under the direction of Mayor Jack O’Reilly, and with support from the City Council, streamlined the application process and waived permitting fees for restaurants and businesses to use outdoor spaces to accommodate more customers. Zoning requirements also have been relaxed to allow for this enhancement. Finally, beginning immediately, business owners will not be required to pay permit fees for heating equipment.

The City aims to approve permit applications in about 24 hours after receipt of all required information. Applications can be found at http://cityofdearborn.org/services/permits/apply-for-permits.

Although fees are waived, businesses and restaurants must get a permit to proceed on private or public property. Other provisions apply.

This means that restaurants are able to serve food outdoors, and can provide alcohol outdoors once permission is obtained from the State and proof is provided to the City.

The City has also relaxed zoning requirements, adding public property, streets and alleys as potential venues for outdoor business use.

The initiative has been spearheaded by the Economic and Community Development Department and the Property Maintenance and Development Services Department, and is endorsed by the Downtown Development Authorities, the Corridor Authorities, the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, and Wayne County.

With outdoor seating, businesses are responsible for creating enough space for social distancing, and for providing regular sanitation. Approval can be revoked for noncompliance of any of the permit provisions. Complete rules and details are found on the permit applications.

Source: City of Daerborn

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