Open Air Beaverton

picture of people dining outside on the extended sidewalkAbout Open Air Beaverton

The Open Air Beaverton permit program provides permits for businesses citywide interested in expanding some of their customer-facing activities outdoors into one of the following areas:

NEW Permanent Permit Program
NOTE: In Summer 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city launched a temporary Open Air Beaverton Recovery permit program, allowing businesses to expand outdoors while state regulations were limiting indoor access.
All permit holders of the temporary program must apply for the new Open Air Beaverton permit as shown on this page and come into compliance by September 30, 2022.

Public On-Street Parking

With an Open Air Beaverton permit, businesses may expand into public on-street parking spaces, with the option to construct overhead canopy structures. 

  • Applicants are limited to two public on-street parking spaces. If one or both spaces are adjacent to their business, permission is required from adjacent businesses.

To determine whether your business is eligible to expand into public on-street parking, including the option of constructing a canopy structure, refer to BC Section 7.06.055.

If your business is eligible, apply for an Open Air Beaverton permit.

Private Parking Lots

With an Open Air Beaverton permit, businesses may expand into their private parking lots, with the option to construct overhead canopy structures.

The number of parking spaces a business can qualify for is based on the minimum parking requirements for their specific site and use, but includes a minimum of two parking spaces. To determine whether your business is eligible for a permit and to confirm how many spaces, refer to BC Section 7.06.065.

If your business is eligible, apply for an Open Air Beaverton permit.

If a business is interested in constructing a rigid overhead structure, such as those made of wood or metal, within a private parking lot, a separate Building Permit will be required in addition to an Open Air Beaverton permit.

Public Sidewalks

With an Open Air Beaverton permit, businesses can expand onto the public sidewalk immediately adjacent to their business so long as the adjacent sidewalk width can be used by individuals with disabilities (a 5 foot clear path).

To determine whether your business is eligible to expand into the Public Sidewalk, refer to BC Section 7.06.060.

If your business can provide compliant Sidewalk Seating you may apply for an Open Air Beaverton permit.

Permit Process

Businesses interested in expanding some of the customer-facing parts of their business outside into public on-street parking spaces, private parking lots, or the public sidewalk may apply for an Open Air Beaverton permit. Proposed outdoor service areas must comply with BC Section 7.06.050, Chapter 7.06 “Business Expansion into Sidewalks, Streets, and Parking Lots” of Beaverton City Code. 

Key Permit Terms and Conditions:

  • A permit fee of $100 will be charged at the time of application.
  • Permits renew annually, with all active permits expiring on December 31st of each year. A renewal fee of $100 applies upon each renewal.
  • Permitted outdoor service areas may be used year-round. However, if the permitted area is not actively used for more than one month of the year, all related structures and furniture must be temporarily removed until the business is ready to resume permitted use.
  • Applicants must meet minimum insurance requirements as outlined in BC Section 7.06.050 of Beaverton City Code.

Reference the Chapter 7.06 to review all terms and conditions or review the full permit requirements.

Overall, an Open Air Beaverton permit typically takes 1-2 weeks to process. Please plan accordingly to ensure your business obtains a permit and has time to construct/modify your outdoor service area prior to your goal use date.  The process includes:

  1. Applicant gathers required attachments (see application PDF for full list).
  2. Applicant submits permit application and required attachments to the City of Beaverton.
  3. Applicant notifies all businesses and residents on the same side of the block at the time of application submittal.
  4. City of Beaverton reviews application:
    • City of Beaverton may return to the applicant with corrections prior to issuing approval for the outdoor service area. If this occurs, applicant or applicant’s representative must revise the drawings or application as requested and resubmit them to staff.
    • Upon approval of the application materials, the City of Beaverton issues an Open Air Beaverton permit to the applicant.
      • Construction may not begin until this permit has been issued.
      • Once construction is complete, please call 503-526-2400 or for an inspection.
        • The permit is required to be displayed on-site at all times.
        • Permits expire at the end of each year. Submit renewal application before November 30 (if interested in continuing use of the space).