Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit
Minnesota cities and townships can apply to use part of the state highway right of way to serve food and beverages.
Restaurants must contact their local municipality for permits.
How municipalities can apply
Learn about the municipality requirements
- Request use of sidewalks, parking lanes, and travel lanes.
- Follow federal, state, and local regulations, and ensure all permitted businesses do, too.
- Provide and maintain traffic control.
- Issue permits to businesses according to our Special Conditions for Businesses (Word).
- Restore the highway to its previous condition by Nov. 2, 2020, or before if Executive Order 20-01 expires.
- Sample resolution and certification language (Word)
Complete the paperwork
Submit the paperwork
- Find your MnDOT district
- Find your district permitting contacts
- Email your paperwork as one PDF packet to your district contacts
Review, approve, and maintain order
- If approved, the municipality will receive a Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit.
- Approved municipalities can issue permits to businesses.
- Municipalities must ensure businesses follow federal, state, and local regulations.