Beaverton residents and business owners have spoken … the majority want outdoor seating to become a permanent fixture of Beaverton. In response to the pandemic, the city allowed businesses to temporarily expand outdoors into on-street parking spaces and private parking lots. A survey of more than 1,200 people in late summer showed that the vast majority wanted these new changes to become permanent. A public hearing for an ordinance allowing business expansion into sidewalks, streets and parking lots was held on Oct. 5. The ordinance was adopted with City Council direction to staff to extend enforcement until Friday, Sep. 30, 2022. The final program will ensure all new vibrant spaces in public sidewalks, public on-street parking, and private parking lots are accessible to all Beaverton residents and allow business owners to plan and invest using a predictable permanent process.
For more information, or to apply for an Open Air Beaverton permit, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/OpenAirBeaverton or contact Megan Braunsten within the Community Development Department at mailboxcddopenair@BeavertonOregon.gov or 503-523-9589.