New Orleans, LA

Parklet pilot fee waiver extended until September 30

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NEW ORLEANS, LA — As the City of New Orleans works to develop a permanent program, the Parklet Pilot Program and subsequent fee waivers have been extended from June 30, 2021, to September 30, 2021. Fee waivers for sidewalk café permits are also included in the extension.

Since fall 2020, the Parklet Pilot program has been available to restaurants and bars throughout the city, with 36 businesses currently operating a parklet space. The program enables restaurants to use on-street parking spaces in front of their establishment for additional seating. The extra outdoor dining space helped increase capacity for restaurants subject to COVID-19 occupancy restrictions.

Parklets consist of simple placements of tables, chairs and other items on the roadway in the parking lane for the initial program evaluation. After the pilot program ends and the long-term program begins, every parklet location in the city will be required to be an ADA-compliant build-out from the curb/sidewalk that accounts for drainage and other design elements.

"As we work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that, despite our progress, it is still safer to eat outside, and that many restaurant patrons feel more at ease doing so. Any increase in capacity for restaurants and other businesses still impacted by COVID-19 will help the city's economy and tax base recover, as well as improve our residents' quality of life "Jeffrey Schwartz, Director of the Office of Economic Development, stated.

The city's future permanent program would require re-permitting, and the city is working hard to make the transition as smooth as possible.
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