City of Rehoboth Beach expands outdoor dining policy

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – On Friday, the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners adopted a policy that allows for year-round outdoor dining in public spaces.

This policy balances the need for safe, minimum pedestrian access routes along city sidewalks with restaurants’ and diners’ desire to have outdoor dining available. The city’s new policy establishes a minimum pedestrian access route of 7 feet on most downtown Rehoboth Beach sidewalks, 8 feet in the second block, and 10 feet in the first block of Rehoboth Avenue. Two-top and four-top tables will be allowed only along the facade of restaurants that meet the minimum standards and other requirements.

Restaurants who believe they meet these requirements can apply to the city’s licensing department for an annual outdoor dining license. The application fee is $150, which covers the city’s review of the application and site. If approved, the permit fee is $163 for restaurants that do not serve alcohol and $325 for those that do. Restaurants that serve alcohol will also be required to obtain approval from the state Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The policy, requirements, and application can be found here.

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