Outdoor Customer Areas

Temporary Outdoor Extension of Restaurant Seating

On June 8th, the first day of the state’s Phase 2 reopening plan, 37 Brookline restaurants were permitted to immediately open their outdoor seating after completing the state’s reopening guidelines, a packet mailed to all Brookline restaurants. On June 11th, the Brookline Select Board voted to significantly streamline the permitting process for all restaurants, thanks to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 35

Existing restaurants that have not previously had outdoor seating or would like to expand their outdoor seating to parking spaces in front of their storefront may apply directly to Town staff - no public hearing, abutter notification, or application fees required. Please read the Temporarily Extension of Licensed Premises Procedure  and then fill out the Outdoor Seating Application for 2020 related to COVID-19 and email materials directly to Tiffany Souza at tsouza@brooklinema.gov . If you would like to expand seating on the sidewalk or parking spaces in front of other storefronts, that's possible too! Just get a quick note from those businesses supporting your plan and include that in your application. 

If you would like assistance in drawing a sketch of your proposed outdoor seating; we are doing that for free - email Kara Brewton in Economic Development at kbrewton@brooklinema.gov

If you have other creative ideas such as using a portion of a travel lane or closing down a street - let us know those too by emailing Todd Kirrane at tkirrane@brooklinema.gov