Outdoor Seating Exceptions

Gov. Reynolds' public health emergency proclamation expired on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Applications for the Dine Out Des Moines program are no longer being accepted.

Dine Out Des Moines logoCity elected officials and staff have been in regular contact with our restaurant and bar operators during the period of COVID-19 restrictions.  Even as restrictions are relaxed, many establishments may still find challenges in ensuring staff and patron safety. 

Dine Out Des Moines was a temporary program to make it easier for restaurants and bars to adhere to social distancing guidelines by allowing outside service on sidewalks, City streets and private parking areas outside of their establishment, without the need to meet certain City code and permit requirements.

This program required business owners to apply with City staff for these temporary exceptions. The program will expire 30 days after the state wide public health emergency has been lifted.


Parking lots on the same lot as the establishment

Sidewalk areas adjacent to the establishment

Parking spaces in front of the establishment

Parking spaces, on city streets (parklets) and sidewalks, adjacent to the establishment