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To support local businesses during the ongoing public health emergency related to COVID-19, the City of Tigard is implementing a program to temporarily relax some rules related to outdoor business activities in commercial zones. There are two components to this program.

  • Expansion of business activities onto outdoor private property does not require a permit, but does require that certain standards are met.
  • Expansion of business activities into the public right-of-way, such as sidewalks and plazas requires a temporary permit. The application for that permit is located at the bottom of this page.

Private Property Program

This program offers certain types of businesses the opportunity to temporarily expand their business activities into outdoor areas within the same property to allow customers to safely dine and shop while meeting social distancing requirements and recommendations. Outdoor operations must be conducted in a manner that ensures safety, mobility, and cleanliness.

Eligible businesses include eating and drinking establishments, sales-oriented retail, and some personal services that can be conducted in open-air settings, such as dog grooming. If you have questions about whether your business qualifies under this program, please contact a planner at 503-718-2421 or at tigardplanneronduty@tigard-or.gov.

Business activities can be expanded into required parking or landscaping areas subject to certain rules.

Program rules

  • These rules only apply to expansion of business activities on the same property as the business. Expansion of business activities to other properties or addition of new business activities is prohibited without applicable land use approvals and permits.
  • The outdoor business areas may be in required landscaping or parking areas, subject to the following:
    • Properties with 100 or more parking spaces: Up to 35% of parking spaces may be utilized.
    • Properties with more than 25, but less than 100 parking spaces: Up to 20% of parking spaces may be used for business activities.
    • Properties with 25 or less parking spaces: Up to 3 parking spaces may be used for business activities.
    • Landscaped areas in sensitive lands, such as stream buffers, may not be utilized for business activities. To confirm the location of any sensitive lands on your property, please contact a planner at 503-718-2421.
    • Removal of trees and landscaping to accommodate outdoor business activities is prohibited.
    • All landscaping must be restored to its prior condition or better at program conclusion.
  • Outdoor business areas may include furnishings such as temporary tables, benches, chairs, shade devices, merchandise displays, as well as temporary railings and other means of containment and separation between patrons and the public. All furnishings and lighting must be movable and easily removed at the end of the program period.
  • For the purposes of this program, “Outdoor” means any open-air space including any space which may have a temporary or fixed cover (e.g. awning or roof) and at least seventy-five percent of the square footage of its sides open for airflow. All outdoor business areas must adhere to Oregon Health Authority guidance.
  • This program does not exempt businesses from electrical, building, or other construction permits where required. Please contact the building division at 503-718-2439 for questions related to these types of permits.
  • Clearly-marked outdoor waste receptacles must be provided for customer use during the hours of outdoor operation.
  • Businesses with liquor licenses must demonstrate they can control their premise in accordance with state statue and rules; however, they are not required to mark the liquor‐licensed premise by installing railings or any other furniture, except as required by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
  • No liquids or runoff generated by the business activities may be dumped onto the ground or into storm sewers.
  • All litter, waste, and debris generated by the use must be cleaned and removed as soon as practicable, but in no case less than daily.

Allowed outdoor hours of operation

  • 8 am to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday
  • 8 am to 11 pm Friday and Saturday, federal holidays

Program Terms

  • This program expires six months after the Emergency Declaration ends.
  • Rights to participate in this optional program may be revoked at the city’s discretion if it is found that a participating business or property is in violation of these or other city rules not specifically exempted by this program


Public Property Program

Click here to fill out the form to request permission to use public property/right-of-way. Or click on the "complete form" button below.

To support local businesses during the ongoing public health emergency related to COVID-19, the City of Tigard is implementing a program to temporarily relax some rules related to outdoor business activities in commercial zones. There are two components to this program.

  • Expansion of business activities onto outdoor private property does not require a permit, but does require that certain standards are met.
  • Expansion of business activities into the public right-of-way, such as sidewalks and plazas requires a temporary permit. The application for that permit is located at the bottom of this page.

Private Property Program

This program offers certain types of businesses the opportunity to temporarily expand their business activities into outdoor areas within the same property to allow customers to safely dine and shop while meeting social distancing requirements and recommendations. Outdoor operations must be conducted in a manner that ensures safety, mobility, and cleanliness.

Eligible businesses include eating and drinking establishments, sales-oriented retail, and some personal services that can be conducted in open-air settings, such as dog grooming. If you have questions about whether your business qualifies under this program, please contact a planner at 503-718-2421 or at tigardplanneronduty@tigard-or.gov.

Business activities can be expanded into required parking or landscaping areas subject to certain rules.

Program rules

  • These rules only apply to expansion of business activities on the same property as the business. Expansion of business activities to other properties or addition of new business activities is prohibited without applicable land use approvals and permits.
  • The outdoor business areas may be in required landscaping or parking areas, subject to the following:
    • Properties with 100 or more parking spaces: Up to 35% of parking spaces may be utilized.
    • Properties with more than 25, but less than 100 parking spaces: Up to 20% of parking spaces may be used for business activities.
    • Properties with 25 or less parking spaces: Up to 3 parking spaces may be used for business activities.
    • Landscaped areas in sensitive lands, such as stream buffers, may not be utilized for business activities. To confirm the location of any sensitive lands on your property, please contact a planner at 503-718-2421.
    • Removal of trees and landscaping to accommodate outdoor business activities is prohibited.
    • All landscaping must be restored to its prior condition or better at program conclusion.
  • Outdoor business areas may include furnishings such as temporary tables, benches, chairs, shade devices, merchandise displays, as well as temporary railings and other means of containment and separation between patrons and the public. All furnishings and lighting must be movable and easily removed at the end of the program period.
  • For the purposes of this program, “Outdoor” means any open-air space including any space which may have a temporary or fixed cover (e.g. awning or roof) and at least seventy-five percent of the square footage of its sides open for airflow. All outdoor business areas must adhere to Oregon Health Authority guidance.
  • This program does not exempt businesses from electrical, building, or other construction permits where required. Please contact the building division at 503-718-2439 for questions related to these types of permits.
  • Clearly-marked outdoor waste receptacles must be provided for customer use during the hours of outdoor operation.
  • Businesses with liquor licenses must demonstrate they can control their premise in accordance with state statue and rules; however, they are not required to mark the liquor‐licensed premise by installing railings or any other furniture, except as required by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
  • No liquids or runoff generated by the business activities may be dumped onto the ground or into storm sewers.
  • All litter, waste, and debris generated by the use must be cleaned and removed as soon as practicable, but in no case less than daily.

Allowed outdoor hours of operation

  • 8 am to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday
  • 8 am to 11 pm Friday and Saturday, federal holidays

Program Terms

  • This program expires six months after the Emergency Declaration ends.
  • Rights to participate in this optional program may be revoked at the city’s discretion if it is found that a participating business or property is in violation of these or other city rules not specifically exempted by this program


Public Property Program

Click here to fill out the form to request permission to use public property/right-of-way. Or click on the "complete form" button below.

  • Tigard businesses, including restaurants and bars, may have the option of expanding into adjacent public right-of-way, like sidewalks, in order to serve customers while maintaining social distancing guidelines. This form begins that process. 

    Tigard City Council has set the fee for this permit at $0. The temporary permit is good until December 2020.

    Complete Form
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