Update on Healthy Business Permits

The following is an update from Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) regarding their Healthy Business Permits:

First and foremost, your permit is still valid through March 31, 2021 and you may keep your installations in place. The following notes are suggestions but are not required unless noted.

Outdoor Spaces and Structures

  • Apply for new or additional 5-minute parking spaces near your business to make it easier for customers to pick up orders. Send an email to for help. This 5-minute parking space can be in addition to your existing permit or your current space could be converted as well.
  • Make sure your permitted space is in good order while it is not in use. For safety reasons, please ensure that all portable materials are secured and safe in your permitted space during non-operating hours and potential weather events. Some businesses are tying up or chaining down their equipment to keep it secure.
  • Please consider moving dining furniture and equipment from the sidewalk to provide the maximum amount of space for pedestrians and waiting customers. At least 6 feet of space is always required for members of the public to pass through the area. You may also want to consider removing canopies, tents, heaters, and electrical cords to prepare for any potential winter weather events (in which case removal would be required).
  • Some permittees are repurposing permitted on-street space to provide a safe area for customers waiting for pick-up orders. Feel free to make those changes if you think they will help your operations during this time, no need to change your permit.

Winter Weather

  • Storm drains: Please ensure that nearby storm drains are cleared of leaves to prevent pools of water at permitted spaces. 
  • Storms and wind: Furniture and tents must be secured when wind is expected, to prevent items from blowing into vehicle lanes or onto the sidewalk. 
  • Snow and ice: Tents must be removed when snow or ice is expected. You may want to remove other equipment to prevent the accumulation of sand, gravel, and snow from plows and other maintenance activities. Visit PBOT’s Winter Weather Center for info on snow and ice routes.

Thinking Ahead

  • Make sure your current contact information is on file with PBOT, especially if your business will have limited hours. It is important that PBOT is able to contact you to coordinate any potential maintenance or utility work near your business.
  • Keep up with the latest news on COVID-19 restrictions by monitoring local news outlets and COVID-19 guidance and information from Multnomah County and the City of Portland.

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