Outdoor Dining Encroachment
The City of Columbia supports and encourages the public use and enjoyment of sidewalks, tree zones, and other right-of-way areas for outdoor dining in all entertainment districts; however, use of sidewalks and other public areas must be ADA compliant, safe for pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and meet established design guidelines. City Council recently voted to streamline the process for Outdoor Dining Encroachments. Applications are delegated to the staff level for review and permitting and no longer require City Council action.
Email completed application packet with required documentation to DevelopmentCenter@columbiasc.gov.
The Department of Engineering processes applications for certain encroachment permits that have been submitted through the Development Center.
Encroachment Permits for any work to be performed in a road right-of-way located within the City limits are processed by staff of the Department of Engineering Administration Division and approved by the Director of Engineering.
Contact Johnathon Chambers: 803-545-3206 or Johnathan.Chambers@columbiasc.gov