Outdoor Dining in Raleigh

News You Can Use: Outdoor Seating and Temporary Structures

During the pandemic, we’ve seen many Raleigh businesses install temporary outdoor structures in order to continue and provide services. This includes bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and other commercial businesses. These temporary outdoor structures are usually heated during the winter months and provide a cozy place for customers to safely gather.

In order to protect businesses and their customers, the City of Raleigh offers two options to permit and inspect these temporary structures. Permitting and inspections ensure that building code requirements are met including proper ventilation and structural stability. 

Temporary outdoor seating in the public right-of-way is managed by the Office of Emergency Management and Special Events. Visit the Outdoor Seating webpage for more information.

Installation of a temporary structure for outdoor seating on private property is managed by the Planning and Development Department. Please note you may need to hire a design professional, including an architect, to assist you with this process. Visit the Temporary Structures for Business webpage for more information.

If you own a business and installed an outdoor heater or temporary structure, but are unsure if you followed the correct path, we’re here to help without penalty. You can email hospitalitypermits@raleighnc.gov or call 919-996-2200.