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Posted on: July 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Outside Dining for Restaurants

Outdoor Dining

The City of Las Cruces realizes that the Governor’s updated Public Health Order heavily impacts restaurants. The City of Las Cruces has received several inquiries from local restauranteurs asking about the requirements to establish outdoor dining for their customers. Please see below the guidelines for restaurants to receive a permit for temporary outdoor dining.


The Public Health Criteria:

  • Comply with the Public Health Order amendment issued on July 14, 2020.
  • Comply with COVID-Safe Practices for restaurants section (CSP)
  • Alcoholic Beverage Control application to be filed for floor plan changes. (outdoor)   
  • Tables are to be six feet apart
  • No more than six patrons per table
  • Outdoor Tent Occupancy limited to 50% of the maximum occupancy limit

The Public Safety Criteria:

If your restaurant intends to create or expand an outdoor dining area and meets any of these criteria, you will need to apply for a permit to operate:

  • Outdoor Tents over 700 square feet in area
  • Construction plans required for new construction of a permanent outdoor dining space
  • Alterations to an existing structure, electrical or plumbing require trade permits 
  • ALL permitted outdoor dining spaces will be inspected by the Fire Department and/or trade inspectors prior to use.
  • It is required that outdoor dining areas do not impede emergency vehicle access to the property and do not impede right-of-way areas (fire lanes, openings to parking lots, ADA parking spaces, etc.)

Temporary use permits are issued for a maximum of 180 days. Temporary use permits for outdoor dining venues during the COVID-19 pandemic may be issued online for no fee.

Community Development Department will process applications for Outdoor Dining Tent Permits.

For questions, please call the Community Development Department: 575/528-3059.

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