Temporary Outdoor Seating Requirements for Restaurants

May 12, 2020

Dear Swanzey Business Owner,

We hope you are staying healthy and safe during this challenging time we face as a community. As you may be aware, on May 1, 2020, Governor Sununu issued Executive Order #40, which permits restaurants to offer limited outdoor dining beginning on Monday, May 18, 2020. In an effort to assist our local restaurants, the Town of Swanzey wants to make sure you are aware of this opportunity and has created a Temporary Outdoor Seating Authorization form to allow for a quick review of outdoor seating areas for compliance with local regulations and ordinances. Please note that establishments with previously approved outdoor seating areas do not need to apply for a temporary permit from the Town unless you would like to add seating beyond what has been previously approved.

 The purpose of the form is to document any changes being made to the site and ensure basic life safety requirements are being met. We are requesting that you provide information on the dimensions of the outdoor seating area, number of tables and seats, operating hours, changes to lighting, and any other relevant modifications. Forms will be reviewed by the Code Enforcement Officer, Health Officer, and Fire Department for compliance. Please note that the authorization will terminate with the expiration of the relevant Emergency Orders and temporary seating will need to be removed within 14 days of notification that the orders are no longer in effect.

Enclosed is a copy of the Temporary Outdoor Seating Authorization form and it is also available to download from the Town’s website at www.swanzeynh.gov. Completed forms may be submitted by email to code@swanzeynh.gov or dropped off/mailed to Town Hall. If you have any questions about the application, the following Town personnel can assist you:

Code Enforcement Officer, Mike Jasmin: 352-7411, ext. 105, code@swanzeynh.gov
Fire Inspector, Eric Mattson: 358-6455, emattson@swanzeynh.gov
Health Officer, Pam Fortner: 313-6571, pfortner@swanzeynh.gov

We look forward to working with you on offering a safe outdoor dining option for your customers. Thank you for all that you do for our community.

Sincerely,
Matthew Bachler
Director of Planning & Economic Development

Temporary Outside Seating Form

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