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Al Fresco Dining Program

Welcome!

City of Sacramento’s Al Fresco Dining Program makes it easy for local restaurant owners to create safe, durable, and beautiful patios in public rights-of-way. Below, you’ll find all the information you need to start your application process and bring your creative vision to life within your budget and available space.

1) Helps the City in developing the Al Fresco Dining Grant Program.

2) Puts you in the queue for the permitting process.

3) Allows existing outdoor dining program users to keep their existing Al Fresco Program permit

Here's how it works

Select a layout, customize your design, and compare costs.

In our Creative menu, you can browse engineered layouts and compare cost estimates for different square footage, materials, and features (like canopies and electrical).

You’ll also see requirements for common design and construction considerations—for example, fire hydrants, road signs, trees, and drainage in or near your space.

Next Step

Creative Menu

1 Choose a layout Change

I have my own layout

Raised Street Design

  • Mid-block
  • Same level as sidewalk
  • Minimum of two parking stalls per location
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2 Customize your design

Base

Curb-level base
  • Same level as sidewalk
  • Works only with wood planter wall
  • Works with wood or steel canopy
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Elevated base
  • Works with all wood or steel wall options
  • Works with wood or steel canopy, as long as the deck height is no greater than 3 feet
  • Option for storage under the base
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No Base

Wall

Wood Planter Wall
  • Same as wood wall, but adds planter boxes to allow decorative fill/plants
  • Works with curb-level or elevated base
  • Works with wood or steel canopy
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Steel Wall
  • Works with curb-level or elevated base
  • Works with wood or steel canopy
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Steel Wall with Metal Fascia
  • Same as steel wall, but adds metal fascia for privacy or aesthetics
  • Works with curb-level or elevated base
  • Works with wood or steel canopy
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No Wall

Canopy (optional)

Wood canopy
  • Works only with curb-level base
  • Works with wood or steel walls
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Steel canopy
  • Works with curb-level or elevated base
  • Works with wood or steel walls
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No Canopy
  • Only applicable to Layout 5

Electrical (optional)

Typical electrical
  • No extended power
  • Works with all base, wall, and canopy options
Extended electrical
  • Extends power from an existing panel inside the building to outlets on a raised pedestal outdoors
  • Works with all base, wall, and canopy options
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Construction cost estimate

This is an engineer’s estimate of probable construction cost based on your selections and current prices of materials. This tool is intended to provide a ballpark cost you might expect to pay for construction. The actual cost you will pay will vary based on contractor, materials, and location. This estimate does not include soft cost for construction layout.

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Layout 6: Tables and Chairs does not have a cost estimate. Cost will include the tables and chairs purchased by the owner.

You need to at least choose a layout, base option and wall option to continue.

3 Plan for other features in the space

Select common design and construction considerations that are relevant to you.

4 Submit Initial Interest Form

Submit initial interest form now!

Where is this taking me? Clicking "Submit Initial Interest Form" below will open an interactive permit application. Your selections from the “Creative menu” section above will automatically show up on the application form, so you don’t have to enter the same information twice.

Submit Initial Interest Form

Initial Interest Form

Notice

If you change to having your own layout, you will lose your progress on the custom layout you have started. Would you like to continue?

Notice

If you change the layout, you would need to reconsider your design customization below. Would you like to continue?

Notice

If you switch this choice, it will reset the choices below. Would you like to continue?