Scranton Permitting Temporary Outdoor Seating

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Sidewalk/Right-of-Way Usage

As many of our businesses prepare to reopen on June 5, the City wants to assist them while also protecting the safety and welfare of its citizens and visitors. Beginning June 5, 2020, all restaurants and brick and mortar retail establishment will be able to extend dining and retail to outdoors for the length of the sidewalks in front of their buildings. Businesses are only permitted to continue existing permitted uses. 

If you wish to utilize the sidewalk expansion please fill out the following form or notify Don King, City Planner/Acting Zoning Officer at 570-348-4193, ext. 4280 or email dking@scrantonpa.gov.

Additionally, Friday evening, June 5, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00a.m.-12:00a.m., businesses may use certain street parking to further expand operations.  This requires written approval from the City. If you are interested in using parking spaces in front of your business please contact Don King, City Planner/Acting Zoning Officer.

This expansion of outdoor dining and retail will allow businesses to increase capacity to comply with social distancing standards. It also helps keep residents and patrons safe and allows them to dine and shop without fear of overcrowding.

Liquor License Extensions Outside

If you have a liquor license and wish to expand sales of alcoholic beverages into the outdoor area, you must contact both the City and the State Liquor Control Board for approval.

Businesses interested in serving alcoholic beverages must apply to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to temporarily extend their licensed premises to include the additional outdoor areas. Information on the PLCB application can be found here: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Liquor-Control-Board-Details.aspx?newsid=576.

For the PLCB to process your application, you will first need a letter confirming approval from the City.  Please contact Don King, City Planner/Acting Zoning Officer at 570-348-4193, ext. 4280 or email dking@scrantonpa.gov for such letter. The Licensing Department will be expediting all requests and responding as quickly as possible.

The City will work with businesses and the Police and Fire Departments and necessary public safety entities to coordinate use of parking spaces Friday through Sunday and possible street closures depending on need, feasibility, and safety concerns. The City is exploring the use of a Pilot program for street closures and will work with businesses in implementing.

Business Checklist

Retail:

  • To use the sidewalk to expand existing permitted uses please notify the Licensing, Inspections, and Permits Department. No further action is needed.
  • To use parking spaces in front of your business to expand existing permitted uses (on weekends), request permission by contacting the Licensing, Inspections, and Permits Department.

Restaurants Without Alcoholic Beverages:

  • To use the sidewalk in front of your business to expand dining (on weekends), request permission by contacting the Licensing, Inspections, and Permits Department.
  • To use parking spaces in front of your business to expand dining (on weekends), request permission by contacting the Licensing, Inspections, and Permits Department.

Restaurants With Alcoholic Beverages:

Any other questions or requests, contact the License, Inspections and Permits Department:

License Inspections and Permits Contact

Don King – City Planner/Acting Zoning Office

570-348-4193, ext. 4280

570-348-4171 (Fax)

Email: dking@scrantonpa.gov