Council Passes Resolution for Businesses

Council Passes Resolution for Businesses
Posted on 05/29/2020
Farmington City Council

The Farmington City Council adopted a resolution on Monday, May 18 allowing the creation of temporary outdoor customer service areas. 

Any business in Farmington, that is able to operate under current state executive orders, can establish on its property, parking lots, or green area:

  1. Drive-up or drive-thru area

  2. Customer ordering, waiting, or pickup area

  3. Customer seating or customer service areas

  4. Must comply with social distancing practices

Correction (as of May 29): All outdoor tents erected by businesses must be fire rated and inspected by the fire department. The inspection will be free to businesses. Please contact Fire Chief Justin Elvestad at 651-280-6941 or JElvestad@FarmingtonMN.gov to schedule an inspection.

If you are a restaurant, please review the most current state executive orders. For liquor dispensed or consumed in new temporary customer service areas, the licensee must obtain a liquor license modification. The area must be fenced or roped off to contain alcohol consumption within that area.

Listed below are the resolution conditions for businesses:

  • Limited on-site signage (and storage) and “limited” on site directional signs allowed (private property only).

  • Temporary tables, tents and sun shelters may be erected. Tents must be fire rated and inspected by the fire department.

  • No need for a city variance nor city permits. Fire inspections are required.

  • If leasing, must have property owner permission.

  • Must prepare traffic management plan (may be asked for it if complaints or problems).

  • Must not impede sidewalk usage.

  • Must not impede any disabled parking spaces or ramps.

  • No activity shall be a nuisance for any neighboring business.

  • The city may ask you to remove anything unreasonable, unprofessional or a nuisance.

  • Safety is the top concern. If not safe, the city will ask you to remove it.

All allowed until repealed by city council or termination of the local peacetime emergency. 

For more information, view the official resolution here

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