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Kissimmee City Waives Permits for Outdoor Business Activities, Outdoor Dining & Signs for 90 Days

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City Waives Permits for Outdoor Business Activities, Outdoor Dining & Signs for 90 Days
KISSIMMEE, Fla.  –To provide relief to businesses as they prepare to open for operations as part of Governor Ron DeSantis Phase I of the “Safe.Smart.Step by Step Plan” for Florida’s Recovery, the City of Kissimmee waives the requirements for temporary permits related to outdoor dining, outdoor sales, and temporary signage for the next 90 days.

This program will allow businesses to have additional seating or retail spots outside of their main establishment for some time since indoor capacities have been limited due to social distancing. The following conditions apply to this program:

  1. Outdoor dining and Sales : restaurants and establishments shall be allowed to extend operations outdoors, without requiring a permit or authorization during the duration of this program on private property. They may be authorized within City rights-of-way (sidewalks) per the following:
  1. Allowed on private sidewalks where a minimum of 4 feet clear space for pedestrians is maintained.
  1. Allowed in private parking lots where the location does not conflict with the traffic circulation, fire lanes, or handicapped spaces.
  1. Parking spaces may be used as long as the minimum number of spaces required by City Code for the level of occupancy allowed by executive orders is made available for parking.
  1. Within the public rights-of-way (sidewalks), outdoor dining and sales shall provide a minimum of 5 feet clearance for pedestrians. They shall be located closest to the private property line away from the street curb. This only applies to businesses that are directly adjacent to the sidewalk used.
  1. Tents of less than 120 square feet in area may be placed on private property without a permit. These should be secured by means that shall not impact any public improvements, and if placed on a sidewalk, shall follow the location requirements of item number four (4).
  1. By participating in this program, each business and property owner agrees to release the City from any liability that may arise due to the use of the right-of-way according to this program and further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the City from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, and expenses arising out of or resulting from the use of the right-of-way, including any claim of damage or injury from a patron of the business according to this program.
  1. Impact fees ordinarily applicable to the conduct of temporary outdoor business activities shall not be collected during the duration of this program, as internal capacities are limited.
  1. Noise Control and any other regulation governing outdoor dining and sales in as established on City Code will remain in effect.
  1. Temporary Signs : business establishments that seeking to place signage on private property during the duration of this program is temporarily suspended. However, no temporary signage will be allowed on public rights-of-way, nor shall the placement of said signage interfere with traffic circulation, sight triangles, pedestrian access, public safety, or minimum parking space requirements. No offsite signage will be allowed under this program.
  1. General Provisions : All temporary activities and signs authorized by this program will be removed should a tropical storm warning (or greater) be issued for Osceola County. Also, all activities are only allowed for legal or legal non-conforming businesses located in the proper zoning district, which have obtained a valid Business Tax Receipt (BTR) from the City of Kissimmee. Violation of any federal, state, or local law, or violation of any of the terms or conditions of this program, will result in the termination of all activities, signs, and temporary uses authorized by this program.

The waiving of these permits is part of the City’s COVID-19 business development and sustainability assistance program that focuses on providing relief to businesses within the City. For more information about the City of Kissimmee, visit  www.kissimmee.org  or call 407-518-2379.

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City Suspends Outdoor Business Permits and Signs for 90 Days

KISSIMMEE, Fla.  – To provide relief to businesses as they prepare to open operations as part of Phase I of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Safe.Smart.Step by Step Plan for Florida Recovery, the City Kissimmee will suspend the temporary permit requirements related to outdoor seating for restaurants, outdoor sales, and temporary signs for the next 90 days.

This program will allow businesses to have additional seats or space to sell their merchandise on the outside of their establishment for a period of time, since the interior area has been limited by social distancing. The following conditions apply to this program:

  1. Meals and Outdoor Sales : Restaurants and establishments will be allowed to extend their outdoor operations, without needing a permit or authorization for the duration of this program on their private property. They may be authorized to be on the sidewalks of the City according to the following:
  1. You will be allowed to be on private sidewalks where a minimum of 4 foot space is maintained for pedestrians.
  1. You will be allowed to be in parking lots where the location does not conflict with traffic flow, fire lanes, or spaces for disabled people.
  1. Parking spaces may be used as long as the minimum number of spaces required by the City Code for the level of occupancy permitted by executive orders are made available for parking.
  1. Inside public roads (sidewalks), outdoor seating for restaurants and store sales should provide 5-foot space for pedestrians and should be located closest to the line of private property, away from the Street. This only applies to businesses that are directly adjacent to the sidewalk used.
  1. Tents less than 120 square feet in area may be located on private property without a permit. These must be insured and that they do not have an impact with public improvements and must be located on a sidewalk following the requirements of item number four (4).
  1. By participating in this program, each business or property owner agrees to release the City from any liability that may arise due to use of the public highway (sidewalk) under this program, and agrees to indemnify and hold the City harmless. of or against any or all claims, damages, losses and expenses derived from or as a result of the use of the public highway (sidewalk), including any claim of damages or injury of a business sponsor in accordance with this program.
  1. Impact fees normally applicable to the conduct of activities in the business-free area will not be charged during the duration of this program, since the capacity of the interior is limited.
  1. Noise control or any other regulations authorizing outdoor seating for dining and sales as set forth in the City Code, remain in effect.
  1. Temporary Signs:  Businesses seeking to put signs on private property for the duration of this program are temporarily suspended. However, no temporary sign will be allowed on public roads, and the location of these signs may not interfere with traffic flow, pedestrian access, public safety, or minimum required parking spaces. No sign outside the property will be allowed under this program.
  1. General Provisions : All temporary activities and signs authorized by this program shall be removed, if a tropical storm warning is issued for Osceola County. In addition, all activities are only permitted for legal or non-legal business located in the appropriate zoning district, who have obtained a valid City of Kissimmee Business Tax Receipt (known as BTR). Violation of any federal, state or local law, or violation of any of the terms or conditions of this program, will result in the termination of all activities, signs, and temporary uses authorized by this program.

Exemption from these permits is part of the City’s business development and assistance program, which focuses on providing relief to businesses within City limits. For more information about the City of Kissimmee, visit  www.kissimmee.org  or call 407-518-2379.

 

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