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Inside Out: Taking Washington County businesses outside

Inside Out: Taking Washington County businesses outsideInside Out, a new temporary land use policy, will allow some restaurants, bars, personal services, retail and recreational facilities in unincorporated Washington County to conduct business activities in their adjacent parking lots without a permit.

Inside Out provides businesses increased flexibility to maintain existing customer capacity while adhering to physical distancing restrictions due to COVID-19. The policy will remain in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.

No permit or other permissions are needed, but businesses must meet the following requirements of Inside Out: 

  • Hours of outdoor operation are 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Ongoing compliance with all coronavirus-related directives.
  • Permission from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission if alcohol is served.
  • Restaurants may serve food outside, but all food must continue to be prepared and stored inside. To ensure compliance with restaurant licensing standards, please contact Environmental Health Program for changes in food service practices.
  • Permission from the business owner/property owner.
  • Location must be adajcent to the related business.
  • Location cannot reduce the number of ADA parking spaces or interfere with loading areas or pathways. ADA facilities can be relocated but must meet ADA requirements.
  • Location cannot interfere with pedestrian access pathways.
  • Location must be limited to parking stalls and cannot interfere with drive aisles or fire lanes.
  • Location must maintain 10 feet of clearance from fire hydrants.
  • No landscaping can be removed.

NOTE: Projects that include temporary shelters and heaters may need to meet Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue requirements. Contact: 503-649-8577. 

The Inside Out policy was approved by the Washington County Board of Commissioners during it July 28 meeting. The policy complements Washington County’s Small Business Emergency Assistance (SBEA) program.

For more information, email Current Planning.