Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Dining Scene

The following information is being provided for the 2020 Outdoor Dining Season in Nashua which begins May 18th and continues through November 15,  2020.

Due to COVID-19, the process, rules and regulations have been adjusted to reflect New Hampshire’s protocols and guidance. Nashua’s local rules and regulation have been adjusted as well.

Permits are currently being issued for the upcoming season and we want to help you navigate the process should you have an interest in outdoor dining. We understand a one size fits all approach is not going to work for all applicants and will do our best to work cooperatively with you while always adhering to the latest guidance and recommendations from Public Health professionals.

Below are resources and contacts to assist you, including the Outdoor Dining Permit application and rules and regulations from the various departments with authority over this matter.You may also email OutdoorDining@nashuanh.gov.

Is your Outdoor Dining Establishment on Public Property?

Examples: 

  • Tables on the sidewalk on Main Street

You will need to complete and submit to the Department of Public Works:

Outdoor Dining Permit Application - Updated for COVID-9 (pdf)

Requirements:

  • A sketch or diagram depicting the proposed outdoor dining area including the proposed number and location of tables, chairs, decorations and other equipment, pedestrian access points to the dining area, and how the dining area will be separated from the rest of the sidewalk.  Include all physical features in the immediate vicinity including driveways, wheelchair ramps, fire hydrants, trees, poles, etc.  Label the name of the street, width of the sidewalk, length and width of the area being utilized for outdoor dining and demonstrate compliance with all applicable setbacks. 
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance $1,000,000 per occurrence/$2,000,000 aggregate-the City of Nashua must be listed as both the certificate holder and as additional insured.
  • Place of Assembly Permit from the Fire Department (no additional application required)   
  • All permits issued to use a public sidewalk for outdoor dining are subject to the Rules and Regulations for Outdoor Dining.

Is your Outdoor Dining Establishment on Private Property?

Examples: 

  • Standalone restaurants like Bertucci’s, 110 Grille, or Margarita’s 
  • Restaurants in shopping plaza/strip center with shared parking, such as Not Your Average Joes, La Carretta’s, Panera Bread, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Willie Jewels
  • Fast Food Restaurants, such as Chick-Fil-A’s, Popeye’s, Arby’s, Wendy’s, Dunkins, Haywards Ice Cream, Taco Bell

You will need to send an email to the Planning Department:

  • Send an email to Kate Poirier, Zoning Coordinator, at PoirierK@nashuanh.gov to request a Temporary Modification of Site Plan. Include in the email:
    • Name
    • Contact information
    • Restaurant name
    • Restaurant address
  • Planning Staff will email you a site plan for your property, if available, and a link to an online form where you will submit information and upload documents required for Administrative Review and approval of your site for outdoor dining. If no site plan is available, Staff will email you a GIS plan/aerial showing parking area/applicable outdoor dining area.

Requirements:

Contact Information:

  • Email: OutdoorDining@nashuanh.gov
  • Public Works - Lauren Byers: 589-3276
  • Fire Marshal - Adam Pouliot: 589-3465
  • Building Safety: 589-3080
  • Planning Board/Planning Department: 589-3090
  • Public Health Department: 589-4530
  • Economic Development - Tim Cummings: 589-3072