Prince William Restaurants Can Apply Immediately for Temporary Outdoor Dining Permits

Scene from La Grange Winery on Antioch Road in Greater Haymarket.
In response to the Virginia Governor’s Executive Order 61Prince William County has created an expedited process for issuing Temporary Activity Permits (TAP) for outdoor seating. For TAP information or assistance, please contact Steven Hall or George Harben at (703)792-6830 or email


1. The outdoor seating must meet the requirements of the Governor’s Executive Order 61 and Executive Order 62 which include:
  • Occupancy may not exceed the 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable.
  • No more than 10 patrons may be seated as a party.
  • Tables must be positioned six feet apart.
2. A Virginia Health Department (VDH) and Alcohol Beverage Control (AB) Authority Permit is required for the sale of alcohol.  For requirements please see Topic 16 ABC Response to Temporary Approval of Outside Dining Areas. 3. The outdoor seating area shall not be located in fire lanes. 4. If a tent is to be used please see the ​Temporary Tents – Submission and Inspection Guidelines.


DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR THE TAP IF I HAVE AN EXISTING OUTDOOR SEATING AREA? Establishments with existing permitted outdoor seating areas do not need to apply for a TAP unless the business is planning to expand its footprint. WHO CAN APPLY? Restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms, provided such businesses comply with the Guidelines for All Business Sectors, and sector-specific guidance for restaurant and beverage services incorporated by reference in Executive Orders 61 and 62. WHEN CAN I APPLY? Immediately. HOW SOON WILL I RECEIVE AN APPROVAL? Upon the County receiving the TAP application, the owner will receive a Conditional Approval Letter.  (NOTE:  Businesses that wish to erect tents, use parking lot spaces will not receive an immediate Conditional Approval Letter.  See below for more information.) ......

More information for dining establishment is provided here courtesy of Visit Prince William County Office of Tourism. 

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