Apply for a Temporary Use Permit

Permits may be required for a Temporary Use in the City of Centennial. View section 12-2-306 of the Land Development Code (LDC) for Temporary Use standards and requirements. Please be aware that as public health orders continue to evolve, the City’s guidance and regulations on temporary permits may change.

Do you own or represent a restaurant, and want to extend your usable space? Look below for details on how to apply for a Temporary Use Permit and contact information in case you have any questions.

Are you considering building a tent or other temporary structure? View 'Tent & Temporary Structure Permits' requirements on the Building Division page.

Letter of Intent: What You Should Include

For all temporary uses:

  • Note that relevant public health orders for Tri-County Health or CDPHE will be followed
  • Note the temporary use’s primary contact with full name, address, phone number, and e-mail
  • Note the requested duration of operation (an ending date is required, but may be extended by the City)
  • Note the hours of operation (the City may restrict hours of operation if adjacent to residential uses, and/or may modify after a permit is issued if warranted complaints are received)
  • Note if there will be amplified sound or live music (the City may restrict amplified sounds or live music, and/or may modify after a permit is issued if warranted complaints are received)
  • Note if alcohol will be served and consumed in the outdoor dining area (if you also wish to modify a liquor license, please contact the City Clerk’s office at ccooney@centennialco.gov or by going to our Liquor Licensing page.

For temporary outdoor dining areas, specifically:

  • Note the total capacity of the indoor and outdoor dining area, including employees.

Site Plan Sketch: What You Should Include

The site plan sketch should include the following (site plan sketches may be created by searching a location’s address by using our Maps and Open Data Portal):

For all temporary uses:

  • Location of any tents or temporary structures (if any, tents will require a Commercial - Temporary or Accessory Structure Permit visit our Building Permits page to apply online.)
  • Location of ADA route (ADA access to/from temporary use area will need to be maintained, five (5) foot wide minimum for public right-of-way, three (3) foot wide minimum for private sites
  • Location of portable toilets / trash receptacles (if any)
  • Setbacks for structures and temporary use areas from property lines
  • How pedestrians will reach the temporary use
  • Location of parking areas
  • Location of vehicular access
  • Location of any banners or signage (if any)
  • Location of any fencing/barriers to delineate temporary use area (if any)
  • Location of new lighting (such as lamps or string lights, if any)

For temporary restaurant/retail pick up areas, specifically:

  • Location where customers will park/wait for their order (6 feet minimum distance between parties.)

-  Customers will not be permitted to park their vehicles in fire lanes, private drive aisles, or streets where streetside parking is not available.

  • Location where employees will cross vehicular drives to reach customers (if there is curbside pickup, this would not apply)
  • Location of any cones or striping used to direct customers to the designated waiting area

For temporary outdoor dining areas, specifically:

  • Note the maximum table occupancy and spacing distance between tables (see CDPHE Guidance).
  • Note locations of any outdoor grills and heating lamps.
  • If seating area will be in a parking area, note how many parking spaces will be used for the dining area (If alcohol will be served in the outdoor dining area, it will need to be contiguous to the existing establishment).
  • If the seating area will be on a public street or sidewalk (If so, a right-of-way permit will be required. You can apply online on our Right-of-Way Permit page).

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Step 1.Requirements

All Applicants must submit a

  1. letter of intent (see above for more details);
  2. site plan sketch (see above for more details).

The applicant is responsible as a condition of this permit to obtain any and all necessary authorizations, approvals, and permissions from the owner and others for the use of the property subject to this permit

Staff is happy to offer 15 minute ZOOM consultations to help explain the requirements (Please e-mail us at centennialplanning@centennialco.gov or call us at 303-754-3308 to set up a meeting.)

Step 2.How Much Does it Cost?

There is no fee for a Temporary Use Permit.

Step 3.Create an Account & Apply Online

First time users will need a valid email address to set up an account. It takes about 5 minutes to create a new account.

You can use the online Self-Service Portal to apply for a Temporary Use Permit.

Apply Online

Step 4.What to Expect Next

You will be contacted within 24 hours. 

If the application is considered complete, we are generally able to review the temporary use permits within three (3) to five (5) business days.

Phone

If you have questions about Temporary Use Permits (including those for outdoor dining areas and restaurant/retail pickup areas), please call us at 303-754-3308.