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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Ocoee’s Helping their Restaurants Reopen

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We want to assist our restaurants in reopening. As part of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112, Phase 1 Business Reopening Plan, the City of Ocoee has relaxed regulations to encourage outdoor seating.

Whereas a permit is required to ensure safety requirements are being met, the City will not be charging for the permit. Outside seating will be allowed for a period of 30 days or until full seating is allowed by the State of Florida. The following outlines the Ocoee Restaurant Outdoor Dining program.

  • Restaurants may use outdoor space, owned or leased by the Restaurant Operator such as parking areas, to provide for outdoor seating.
  • For restaurants operating at 25% indoor capacity, that also wish to offer outdoor seating in a commercial strip center, the City shall not require additional parking.
  • If additional outdoor dining space is located within a parking area, a temporary physical barrier must be placed separating the dining from the remaining parking.
  • Must comply with all applicable Fire Department regulations.
  • Must comply with all Florida Health Department regulations.
  • Must not negatively impact ingress/egress to the building or property.
  • A permit shall be required for all outdoor seating and Restaurant Operators shall apply for a permit from the City to erect a tent to provide customers with outdoor seating options; however, the City will waive the cost of the permit for outdoor seating and/or erecting such tent.
  • All regulations or criteria established by City staff for erecting and maintaining such outdoor tents shall at all times be complied with by the Restaurant and Restaurant Operator.
  • Social distancing and all other COVID-19 safety requirements imposed by federal, state, or local authorities apply with regard to indoor and outdoor seating capability of Restaurants.
  • If a restaurant is not the property owner, then it must obtain written permission from the landlord prior to installation.
  • Regulations pertaining to outdoor entertainment are not affected by this Order.
  • All temporary outdoor dining areas must be maintained, free of litter.
  • Upon acceptance of such a permit, Restaurant Operator acknowledges and agrees that said permit may be revoked by the City at any time.

If you have any questions, please email them to or if you would like assistance in reviewing your outdoor dining needs, call 407-905-3104 to set an appointment. All forms and documents can be found at If you require assistance, please contact us at 407-905-3104. Visit us at

Released on May 5, 2020 >>
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