ATTENTION: In response to COVID-19, the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure is asking businesses interested in adding outdoor seating to instead apply via the department's specialized street modifications permits for temporary sidewalk cafes. An application form as well as instructions on how to apply may be found on the department's COVID-19 response page. If you have any questions, please contact

Sidewalk Café License

Restaurants that apply for and receive a Sidewalk Café License are permitted to serve food and beverages to their customers at tables placed on the public sidewalk directly abutting the establishment. Licenses are good for one calendar year and are renewable annually upon approval by DOMI.

A sidewalk café contains readily removable tables and chairs, is enclosed by rope and stanchion (unless some other barrier system is approved by the City as an architectural design element), and shall be otherwise open to the air. The sidewalk café must be designed to allow the public sidewalk to remain ADA-compliant.

To learn more about sidewalk café specifications, please review Pittsburgh’s Municipal Code  

§ 416.18 – 416.23. For additional information on Sidewalk Café Licenses, see the following documents:


Please see the new 2020 Fee Schedule for updates to the cost of the Sidewalk Café License. To apply for a Sidewalk Café License, please download and complete the application found at and email for further direction.