Open Air Beaverton
About Open Air Beaverton
The City of Beaverton wants restaurants, recreation (gyms, yoga studios) and retail/professional service businesses to operate in a healthy and safe manner while adhering to the Governor’s COVID Phased response requirements. To that end, the City created Open Air Beaverton, which temporarily suspends regulations to allow outdoor business expansion into areas normally reserved for vehicles.
Open Air Beaverton allows outdoor business expansion into private parking lots and public rights of way (on-street parking, sidewalks, and in some cases streets) through October 31, 2020.
Private Parking Lot Expansion
Eating/drinking establishments, recreational (gyms, yoga studios), personal services and retail businesses may temporarily expand into private parking lots, without a permit, if they follow the requirements. This is allowed city-wide.
Public Right of Way Expansion
On-Street Parking Lanes
Eating / drinking establishments, recreational, personal services and retail businesses may temporarily expand into the adjacent parking lanes of city streets with an Open Air Permit from the City of Beaverton.
This activity is allowed in the Old Town and Beaverton Central districts. In most cases, sidewalks in this area are too narrow to allow business expansion while keeping a clear walking path and ensuring appropriate social distancing. Existing sidewalk seating should be relocated to the parking lane.
To ensure safety, the city will provide and place six-foot-long orange water-filled plastic traffic barriers on parking spaces where expansion is approved. Barriers will be placed along each bank of approved parking spaces to separate the parking area from the travel lane.
Barriers will be spaced no more than 4 feet apart. The permitted business should provide continual visual barriers between City-placed barriers, for example traffic cones, wood or ceramic planters, wood railings, or reflective chain or rope, at least 36” from the ground. See example below (note actual furniture configuration and barrier placement may vary).
Watson Avenue and Hall Boulevard have unique program requirements due to the volume and speed of traffic present.
- Program permits will be issued only for spaces on the west side of Watson Avenue and the east side of Hall Boulevard.
- Only continually placed orange water-filled barriers be placed by the City to delineate space on these streets.
The City will consider closing a portion of SW 1st Street if 50% or more of adjacent businesses agree to the closure in writing. Individual businesses will still need to obtain an Open Air Permit from the City in such instance. Businesses interested in a street closure should contact the Program Manager.
There is no fee for the Open Air Permit.
The City will issue an Open Air Permit when an applicant meets the requirements, terms and conditions noted on this page.
Links to Information Related to Business Reopening:
Program Manager & Contact
Sara King, Program Manager