Outdoor Dining Program

Page last updated on 11/10/2022

Outdoor Seating Licenses Available for Common Victualler License Holders

Brookline restaurants with Common Victualler licenses are eligible to apply for a seasonal or annual outdoor seating license.

Apply for an Outdoor Seating License

  1. First, register an account on our online permit portal, Accela. Follow this guide:
    you may skip this step if you already have an account.
    Guide to Registering
  2. Then, open our guide to apply for a license on Accela.
    Guide to Applying
  3. Click the following link to open Accela and follow the steps in the Guide to Applying.
    Apply for License

Outdoor Dining Program Regulations and Guidelines

Common Victuallers interested in offering outdoor seating located on public property (i.e. sidewalk or on-street outdoor seating), should carefully review the Outdoor Dining Program Regulations & Guidelines (including the license fee structure), updated in October 2022, as well as the additional materials for review listed below. Documents for submission (listed below) should be completed and submitted as separate attachments via the online application portal.

Outdoor Dining License Types & Fees

Seasonal outdoor seating is permitted from April 1 – November 15 (7.5 months). It is possible to obtain a combination of seasonal and annual outdoor seating licenses (for example, an annual sidewalk license and a seasonal on-street license), but fees must be paid for both license types.


Outdoor Seating License Types and Fees
Type of LicenseFee Effective April 1, 2022Fee Effective January 1, 2023Fee Effective January 1, 2024Fee Effective January 1, 2025
Annual On-Street$1,285$4,165$7,045$9,925
Seasonal On-Street$680$2,360$4,040$5,720
Annual Sidewalk$360$360$360$360
Seasonal Sidewalk$310$310$310$310

* Fee increases must be reviewed and approved by the Select Board prior to implementation.

Outdoor Seating Application Materials

Application Documents Required for All Applicants:

Related Documents:

Other Application Documents (only required if applicable):