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Pasco County Allows Restaurants to Expand Outdoor Dining Options

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on May 16, 2020

~~Restaurants may temporarily expand outdoor seating without a permit~~

Pasco County Allows Restaurants to Expand Outdoor Dining Options

In an effort to provide flexible options to local restaurants as they reopen under reduced capacity guidelines outlined in Governor DeSantis’ Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan, Pasco County will temporarily allow expanded outdoor seating for open-air dining.  Restaurants may temporarily use parking spaces and other areas of their property for outdoor dining without submitting a permit application.

Pasco County Restaurant Recovery – Phase 1:

  • A permit is not required for temporary outdoor seating expansion
  • Expansion is restricted to parking spaces and allowable areas
  • Social distancing rules of 6 feet or more remain in effect
  • Expanded seating may be used during normal business hours
  • This allowance expires when full-capacity indoor dining returns

Restrictions apply.  For a complete list of rules, please visit

For questions about expanded open air dining, please contact Pasco County Customer Service at (727) 847-2411 or email Planning and Development at: [email protected].