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Posted on: May 29, 2020

City of Plymouth 2020 Covid-19 Patio Extension

2020 City of Plymouth Covid-19 Patio Extension

When businesses are allowed to reopen to the public, all businesses must comply with Executive Orders, local health department orders, and local ordinances regarding reduced occupancy rates and social distancing protocols related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

On Monday, May 18, 2020, the Plymouth City Commission passed a resolution authorizing City Administration to make additional public space available for use by restaurants to expand their service area within the scope of the rules and regulations of the State of Michigan. This would include areas in front, side or behind the business which may be on public property. Furthermore, this may include public property on city sidewalks, streets, and alleys. More information from the Plymouth City Commission can be found here: http://www.plymouthmi.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/05182020-1234

Businesses that are licensed to serve alcohol in the City of Plymouth will need to apply with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) to be allowed to serve alcohol in the newly designated areas. The MLCC has put together reopening resources as well as FAQs and forms that will be required for an expansion of outdoor dining areas /patios. That information can be found here:  https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_10570_16941-529133--,00.html

Required Application Package for Outdoor Service Area Creation or Extension for the 2020 Season

Establishments seeking to create or expand an outdoor service area for the 2020 season should complete the following paperwork according to your situation as described in the document that can be found by clicking Outdoor Service Area Creation or Extension Checklist. All completed paperwork should be turned in to the Community Development Office, located on the 2nd floor of City Hall (201 S. Main St.). Completed paperwork may also be emailed to, as well as any questions:  2020patio@plymouthmi.gov

As a reminder for the liquor licensed serving establishments, part of the application process will require you to fill out the Local Liquor License Review Committee Application, which can be found here. Please fill out pages 9-10 of the packet. As a reminder, there is no additional fees (other than bike fence/barricade jacket purchase) associated with the patio extension. Please submit an Addendum stating how the current Operations Plan will be changed as a result of the patio extension as permitted by MLCC/City of Plymouth rules. A new Operations plan is not required. These amended or Addendum to Operations Plans will be reviewed/approved administratively, and not require a LLRC hearing/meeting as designated by the City Commission on May 18, 2020.

Information on the 2020 Covid-19 Patio Extension Procedures and Rules can be found here:

For those restaurants or other food serving establishments that wish to construct and install an elevated dining platform for the 2020 season can find information and guidance here

The application for the 2020 Covid-19 Patio Extension permit can be found by clicking here:On-Line 2020 Covid-19 Patio Extension Permit Application

One of the requirements to be able to use on-street parking spaces to expand the patio area is the purchase and use of barricade jackets to cover the bike fence. This is coordinated through the Plymouth Downtown Development Authority. You can click here for examples of what the barricade jackets could look like. Please contact the Downtown Development Authority at 734-455-1453.

The City of Plymouth currently has a Sidewalk Café Outdoor Dining Policy, which is to be used for businesses wishing to create and outdoor service area on City sidewalks. The guidelines and an application for permit, which can be located here: http://www.ci.plymouth.mi.us/documentcenter/view/2876.


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