Outdoor Customer Areas

Extension of Brookline's Temporary Outdoor Seating Program

(Page last updated: 10am on October 8, 2020)

On June 11, 2020, the Brookline Select Board adopted a temporary outdoor seating program and streamlined approval process for Brookline restaurants through Governor Baker's COVID-19 Order No. 35. This temporary program allowed Brookline restaurants that did not previously have approved outdoor seating, or restaurants interested in expanding their existing outdoor seating, to extend their licensed premises into adjacent sidewalk or parking areas, through an expedited approval process managed by Town staff with no public hearing, abutter notification, or application fee requirements. 

On October 6, 2020, through Governor Baker's COVID-19 Order No. 50, the Select Board approved the extension of that temporary outdoor seating program, which was originally set to expire on November 1, 2020, to December 7, 2020. All Brookline restaurants (i.e. restaurants will permanent and temporary approved outdoor seating) interested in extending their outdoor seating to December 7, 2020, must review and submit the following materials:

Documents for Review:

Documents for Submission:



Application materials can be emailed directly to the Town's Licensing Clerk Tiffany Souza at tsouza@brooklinema.gov.

The October 6th presentation to the Select Board regarding extending outdoor seating is available for review from 2:15:00-2:43:00. The October 6th slide deck presentation is available for review here.

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

Outdoor Seating Materials Available for Loan to Restaurants

Through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program, the Town of Brookline has obtained outdoor seating materials, which are available for loan to local restaurants. Please submit your outdoor seating material requests through this form, and a staff member will contact you regarding next steps.

Outdoor Seating Materials Currently Available for Loan:

  • V-Series 2 Pro 10 ft. x 10 ft. White Canopy Kit [10 available]
  • 10 ft. x 10 ft. Commercial Grade Sidewalls [10 available]
  • Non-Skid Aluminum Solid Curb Ramp ADA Ramp (36"x36") [10 available]
  • COMING SOON: Cafe Tables 
  • COMING SOON: Cafe Chairs

Restaurants that borrow outdoor seating materials from the Town will be required to submit an agreement form.

Contact Meredith L. Mooney, Economic Development Planner, with any questions: mmooney@brooklinema.gov