Puyallup is Open(Air) Pilot Program

Pilot Program Collage

The COVID-19 pandemic has had unprecedented economic impacts on all types of businesses, with restaurants and retail being some of the first to close and some of the last to reopen at full capacity.  As vehicle traffic and parking use has substantially decreased as a result of the pandemic, the City of Puyallup is exploring how we can use existing assets differently by opening the right-of-way as a safe way for our local businesses and the community to come back to downtown.

Open-air dining and shopping offers the community a way to enjoy the outdoors while supporting local business. Outdoor areas are likely to be popular as the warmer summer months approach and would provide the area needed for businesses to adhere to social distancing while maintaining feasible occupancy levels.  Outdoor dining and shopping will bring much-needed vitality to our city’s shopping and dining districts and help us move our City forward.

Thus, the City has created the Puyallup is OPEN(Air) Pilot Program, to start on June 30, 2020 and end on October 31, 2021.

Four program options will be available for businesses to choose from, based on location and what is most feasible for their establishment.

Thank you to all participating businesses and those investing in Puyallup! Let’s continue to Support Local.

If you have questions on the program or which element might be the best fit for your business, contact Economic Development Manager Meredith Neal mneal@puyallupwa.gov


Winter is Coming!

As the temperature starts to drop and our Open(Air) program continues to operate, we know that outdoor heating can assist in maintaining business by keeping customers warm! the City of Puyallup has coordinated with Central Pierce Fire and Rescue to obtain a flyer outlining necessary information for outdoor heating options.

Outdoor Heating Flyer

Important Information:
-No permit is needed for portable heating, unless it relies on LPG in and amount in a public setting
-No permit is needed for a tent under 400 square feet. Code still applies for the use of heating appliances in this application.
-An operational permit is needed for tents over 400 square feet. Exceptions are open sided awning types up to 700 square feet with separation distances maintained.
-No cooking (grease laden vapor collection) is allowed in any tent regardless of size.

  1. Temporary Sidewalk Cafe
  2. Temporary Parklet/Curbside Cafe or Market
  3. Temporary Retail & Dining Pop Ups
  4. Temporary Street Cafe
Sidewalk cafes function as an extension to an existing restaurant's seating area, directly abutting the establishment with temporary seating located on the sidewalk. Sidewalk Cafes are permitted during regular operating business hours of the host establishment. 

Please use the links to the right to access our program tip sheets for each option and read more about the application process, general guidelines and other requirements. If you have any questions about the application process, please reach out to the contact listed on the appropriate tip sheet.

Temporary Program Tip Sheet
Sidewalk Cafe Information
Curbside Cafe/ Parklet Information
Retail & Dining Pop Ups Information
Street Cafe Information