Temporary Outdoor Dining Assistance


Restaurants and bars that were closed due to COVID were authorized to reopen for outdoor dining or curbside pickup/delivery only beginning June 1, requiring key requirements including limiting the number of patrons in order to maintain proper social distancing. 

Temporary Ordinance Modifications

Temporary modifications to the following ordinances have been made to help restaurants meet the requirements necessary to reopen. These modifications are in place from June 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

Tent License/Temporary Outdoor Patios

Many Oakdale restaurants do not currently have outdoor dining areas. To assist restaurants in reopening safely and maintaining proper social distancing, the City will temporarily allow outdoor dining areas and designated curbside pickup zones in parking lots and on sidewalks while maintaining standards for public health and safety. 

Businesses interested in opening an outdoor patio will need to complete a Temporary Outdoor Patio Permit Application (PDF). There is no application fee for this permit, which will be administratively reviewed in an expedited process. Temporary outdoor patios are allowed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting public health restrictions on business operations, and as such will only be allowed through September 30, 2020.

Temporary Signs

Permit fees and display time limitation for signs have been waived through September 30, 2020. A sign permit is required.

Liquor Licensing

Businesses serving liquor on an outdoor patio will need to submit an updated certificate of liability insurance indicating that liquor liability is extended to the outside of the building premises.The City of Oakdale must be listed as additional insured and as the certificate holder.