In light of the restrictions places on businesses to help stem the spread of COVID-19, Louisville Metro Government has expanded opportunities for restaurants to offer temporary outdoor dining expansions through the utilization of on-street parking spaces.
Restaurants seeking to offer temporary on-street dining must fill out the application form at the bottom of this page and meet all of the below regulations. Once the plan is submitted, staff with the Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability will work with the applicant to discuss the process, cost and any potential challenges. An Encroachment Permit through either Louisville Metro Public Works or the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is required, depending on the business’ location. Metro staff will work with applicants to apply for those permits.
Restaurants will be responsible for providing their own furniture as well as appropriate barriers. PARC is offering a discounted rate to bag meters if they are present in front of an establishment.
As part of the launch, Louisville Metro will spend unused Cyclouvia funds to pilot on-street dining opportunities at up to 15 locations throughout the city for one month. This will include paying for barrier rentals and any applicable parking meter costs. Following the monthlong pilot, the businesses can decide whether to assume the cost themselves or request that the barriers be removed. Restaurants will be chosen based on the following criteria: safety, geography, the ability to partner with a neighboring restaurant, and need. Those will little or no options for other outdoor dining will be prioritized.