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Outdoor Dining & Outdoor Retail

The Town of West Hartford is committed to assisting your business in any we can as we continue to move past many of the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  To that end, we are once again offering a streamlined, no cost permitting process for expanded outdoor dining for 2022. 

If you are interested in exploring opportunities for an expanded outdoor dining or retail area, please contact Associate Planner, Brian Pudlik via email or by calling 860-561-7553.

This special application applies to all new or expanded outdoor dining and outdoor retail.  Approval authorized by this special application shall be valid through the end of the 2022 outdoor dining season. 

Restaurants with existing outdoor dining permits may operate under those permits provided that there is no expansion of either seat count or dining area. However, if any alterations to kitchen or food prep areas are made, a separate review by the Health District will be required.

The special application review will be conducted by the Town’s Local Enforcement Officials, including the Director of Health, Director of Public Works, Chief Building Official, Fire Marshal, and Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Applications will be reviewed and approved in 10 days or less after a complete application is received.

The total number of seats between indoor and outdoor capacity cannot exceed the number declared on your Food Service License application. If you would like to discuss your current seating allowance please contact Chris Hansen, Assistant Director of the WHBHD.

If you are ready to move forward with the permitting process, please fill out the 2022 special application and send the completed application and necessary attachments to Brian Pudlik, Associate Planner.

For questions or help with the permitting process, please contact Brian Pudlik, Associate Planner.

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