Two City of Austin handbooks to help people plan, design, and permit two types of sidewalk cafes are now available online. The new user-friendly handbooks contain photos, illustrative drawings, and graphics. An updated, easy-to-use permit application form also is available online.
Sidewalk cafes and street patios add vibrancy, amenities, and people to Austin streets. They support local businesses, create a sense of place in neighborhoods and business districts, beautify the streetscape, and create walkable destinations for residents. A sidewalk cafe utilizes a portion of the sidewalk immediately adjacent to a business licensed to serve food and beverages.
A street patio (a.k.a. “parklet”) is a type of sidewalk café created in street space formerly devoted to parking. By converting street space to a use that serves people, street patios can help make cities more welcoming and people-friendly.