Release Date: June 9,2020

City of Akron Announces Temporary Summer Patio Permit Program

Akron, Ohio, June  2020 – Mayor Horrigan has announced a new Temporary Summer Patio Permit, in partnership with Summit County Public Health, to assist local establishments in welcoming patrons back safely. The permits enable restaurants and bars to expand or create temporary outdoor spaces to encourage physical distancing. 

The City’s Office of Integrated Development worked across departments to establish a single application for businesses to use.  The applications will open on June 9, 2020, and can be found by visiting There is no charge to apply. Temporary permits issued through September 23, 2020 will be valid through November 4, 2020. 

While the City will not be closing streets for this permit, businesses can apply to utilize sidewalks, alleyways, public parking lots, or street parking spaces for their temporary patio. The proposed location must be adjacent to the property.

“Our restaurants and bars have been hit particularly hard by the necessary orders to protect public health during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “By establishing a one-stop-shop for our businesses to expand available outdoor seating, our goal is to reduce red tape and allow these expansions to move forward efficiently. Increased outdoor seating will provide customers with greater peace of mind, while keeping everyone safe as we move forward in our response to this virus.”