The City of Tulsa encourages the formation and use of Sidewalk Cafés, Tables & Chairs, and Parklets to stimulate the pedestrian realm with activity.
These programs move away from the License Agreement Process, which used to be the only way to create a sidewalk café-like area within the public right-of-way. Now, the City of Tulsa is able to offer a more efficient review and permitting process through these right-of-way programs.
Please review the program manual before submitting application materials.
Sidewalk Café vs. Tables & Chairs
A Sidewalk Café is defined as fenced-in open-air seating located on a sidewalk directly adjacent to a business. A Sidewalk Café allows for food and beverages to be served outside the establishment through seating that is used exclusively for the business’ patrons.
Tables & Chairs areas are created by setting tables and chairs outside and adjacent to a place of business, similar to Sidewalk Cafes; however, Tables & Chairs areas do not offer table service, and are available for public use. They also utilize end barriers rather than fencing.
For a complete understanding of the requirements for each permit type, please review the Program Manual.