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17.25.040 Permit Application.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 182870, effective June 3, 2009.)  Application for a permit to operate a sidewalk cafe shall be made at the office of the City Engineer in a form deemed appropriate by the City Engineer.  Such application shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:

A.  Name and address of the applicant.

B.  A drawing showing the width of the applicant’s cafe or restaurant facing the sidewalk indicating the area requested to be used, location of doorways, and the width of sidewalk (distance from curb to building face), location of tree wells, parking meters, bus shelters, sidewalk benches, trash receptacles, driveway (curb cut), or any other semi‑permanent sidewalk obstruction.

C.  A color rendition in perspective for review by the Bureau of Development Services shall be furnished upon request by the City Engineer.

D.  A letter signed by the property owner, consenting to a sidewalk cafe adjacent to the property on which the restaurant is located.

E.  A signed agreement between the Responsible Party and the City stating the Responsible Party understands all terms and conditions of the permit.