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No, the Temporary Certificate for Outdoor Dining (TCOD) is temporary in nature and requires staff review and sign off on the plans submitted.
The TCOD will be reviewed by the Building Official and the Fire Marshal for code compliance if applicable.
All requests for a TCOD will be forwarded to the Westbrook Health Department.
There are no fees associated with a request for a Temporary Certificate for Outdoor Dining (TCOD).
You may use your existing outdoor dining area but will have to comply with separation guidelines issued by the Westbrook Health Department or the State of Connecticut, whichever are more restrictive.
Any modifications to exiting outdoor dining areas require the same review process as for those that do not currently exist.
A survey is preferred. If one does not exist, a sketch/drawing would be required. The drawing must conform to the requirements listed on the application form. Plans and written narrative should allow staff to determine the following:
Yes. I would request that you contact:
Zachary Faiella, the Director of Health, (860) 399-9869 email@example.com, or
Lee Archer, the Sanitarian, (860) 399-3018 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Yes, Subject to Westbrook Building, Fire and Health Code requirements, provided appropriate social distancing is implemented.
For temporary dining areas to be in parking lots, barriers for the protection of patrons will be required. Concrete barriers are preferred.
Staff may review other types barriers that can effectively shield patrons and workers from vehicles navigating their way through the parking areas.
No, you are not required to cover the temporary dining area.
While a tent is not required, you can install tents in conformance with Building Official and Fire Marshal review and approval.
Details must be submitted with the application and the Building Official and Fire Marshal should be consulted before submitting plans to avoid delays.
Note: at present tents will not be able to have sides.
If you have a permit from the State of CT to serve alcohol on your existing patio with no modifications proposed, yes.
If you are asking for a Temporary Certificate for Outdoor Dining (TCOD) for a modification, or a new patio, The State Liquor Commission will require you to obtain local approval on their form. They have told the Town that the process will be expedited. Once your TCOD is approved at the Town level, you may apply to the State. The Town will sign off on the required forms as quickly as possible.
If you do not have a current liquor license, you will not be able to serve alcohol on the patio. You may allow BYOB in this case.
The TCOD is for dining with ancillary alcohol service as permitted by the State of CT. Outdoor bars are not permitted.
Pursuant to Executive Order 7MM, hours of operation are limited to 9:00 PM from Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.
This requirement supercedes any later hours that might otherwise be permitted.
Eric Knapp, Planning, Zoning and Development Coordinator 860-399-3041
David Maiden, Building Official 860-399-2035
Zachary Faiella, Director of Health 860-399-9869
John Flaherty, Fire Marshal 860-552-4996