Process for Municipal Approval for Outdoor Dining and Outdoor Sales

Governor Murphy’s announcement that “Stage 2” of the Reopening Plan will begin on June 15 with the allowance of outdoor restaurant dining means that there is may be a need for Montgomery eateries to modify their operations, as well as for retailers wishing to provide outdoor sales and displays.

Montgomery is available to assist the business community with re-opening and will review all plans on an expedited basis with a focus on operating safely and complying with key code provisions. Businesses considering re-opening with outdoor dining and/or outdoor sales and displays should contact Joe Palmer, Township Zoning Officer at 908-359-8211 or JPalmer@twp.montgomery.nj.us.

After a brief consultation, a plan for the temporary modification should be submitted to Mr. Palmer who will coordinate review by the Township Engineer, Health Officer, Fire Official, Code Enforcement and Police Department to ensure health and safety are not impacted. The zoning officer will coordinate any Township comments to the business, or conduct an onsite visit if necessary, and once an agreement is reached, the applicant can proceed under this administrative approval, contingent on the guidelines established by the State and landlord approval. No zoning permit fees are associated with these reviews.

Related State Orders:

Executive Order 150 Outdoor Dining

NJ Dept. of Health Executive Directive

ABC Temporary Permit Expansion