Open Air Beaverton

About Open Air Beaverton

One woman wearing face covering is seated outside waiting for a beverage to be served.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 temporary outdoor business expansion into private parking lots and public rights of way (on-street parking, sidewalks, and in some cases streets) until further notice.

UPDATE: Open Air Beaverton Business and Customer Survey Results.

UPDATE: SW 1st Street between Watson Avenue and Washington Avenue will be closed to traffic and open for takeout dining until further notice. See 1st Street Dining Commons, below, for more details.

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. However, the addition of temporary weather apparatus such as canopies and heaters will require a permit.

Private Parking Lot Expansion Requirements

Public Right of Way Expansion

Map showing Open Air boundary around Beaverton central core.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 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).

Diagram of Open Air social distancing seating practices with cones, barriers and tables with 6 ft sp

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.

Public Right of Way Expansion Requirements

Street Closure

Update - 1st Street Dining Commons. The city is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Lionheart Coffee Company to provide additional appropriately social-distanced outdoor dining options this summer, by closing one block of SW 1st Street between SW Watson Avenue and SW Washington Avenue. Downtown Beaverton’s "1st Street Dining Commons" will be open until further notice, from 7 am to 8 pm, and includes seating for customers to bring takeout, including closed containers of alcohol, from any of downtown’s restaurants.


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.

Permit Requirements and Application

Links to Information Related to Business Reopening:

Program Manager & Contact

Megan Braunsten, Program Manager
Phone: 503-526-2419