SOUTHBURY — In response to the state’s reopening protocol for Covid-19 outlined in Gov. Ned Lamont’s Executive Order No 7MM, the town has approved a simple, no-fee, fast-track process for food service establishments who seek to offer outside dining or to expand existing outside dining.

Applicants fill out a one-page form found on the town’s website,, with an attached site plan sketch (to scale) and a narrative detailing the number of tables/chairs, hours of operation, waste management plan, etc., and submit it to the land use department.

Further requirements are detailed on the application.

The application process is managed by the Land Use Department and requires just two signatures, the fire marshal and land use administrator/ZEO.

The permit is good until November 25.

Those seeking additional information may call 203-262-0634 or email to

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