Outdoor Restaurant Seating Regulations

City of Sanibel Issues Guidance & Temporary Outdoor Seating Regulations for Restaurants & Food Establishments Effective May 4, 2020

Today the City of Sanibel issued the following "Guidance & Temporary Outdoor Seating Regulations for Restaurants and Food Establishments" (Click Here to Access).  The City of Sanibel is temporarily permitting  Sanibel Restaurants and Food Establishment up to 1,800 square feet for outdoor dining, with proper social distancing,  with certain criteria.  The criteria are:    
  • All temporary additional outdoor dining must meet the following criteria:
    • Must comply with provisions of Executive Order 20-112.
    • Must comply with applicable Sanibel Fire Department and Florida Health Department requirements.
    • Must not negatively impact ingress/egress to the building or property.
    • If additional outdoor dining space is located within a parking area, a temporary physical barrier must be placed separating the dining from the remaining parking.
    • Additional outdoor dining space cannot occupy or impact undeveloped space, required vegetative buffers or designated open space on a property.
    • All temporary outdoor dining areas must be maintained clean of litter.
    • If a restaurant is not the property owner, then it must obtain written permission from the landlord prior to installation.
  • The City of Sanibel may revoke a restaurant's temporary outdoor dining for failure to comply with Sanibel Code or the above listed criteria.
The City of Sanibel is committed to working with our local businesses as we begin to reopen Florida. For any questions regarding social distancing, code compliance or this temporary outdoor dining policy, please contact City of Sanibel Community Services Director Keith Williams at[email protected] or 239-472-6397 ext. 502.
For addition information visit the City of Sanibel website www.mysanibel.comfor direct links to the Florida Department of Health and Center for Disease Control websites.

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