New regulation allows businesses to temporarily expand during the pandemic

January 7, 2022

A new emergency regulation takes effect today that allows Minneapolis businesses to add temporary expansions to allow for more socially distanced spaces for customers during the pandemic.

Businesses can install temporary structures on their property for no fee during the remainder of the City’s public health emergency plus an additional 45 days to allow for the proper removal of the structures. The structures cannot be placed in the public right of way, such as on a sidewalk or in the street.

“Many of our most beloved local businesses and restaurants have shouldered an incredible weight as we navigate each new phase of this pandemic,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “Winter patio dining is not only a quintessential Minneapolis tradition, it’s an important way to continue supporting Minneapolis restaurants’ ability to keep moving while keeping patrons and employees safe and healthy.”

Businesses should contact Fire Inspections Services to obtain a permit.

Read the emergency regulation.