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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Council approves Temporary Expansion of Premise permits for Surprise restaurants during COVID-19

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City Council last night approved the use of Temporary Expansion of Premise (TEP) permits for local restaurants to help expand their ability to serve more customers while maintaining social distancing requirements during COVID-19. 

The TEP permit allows for the temporary expansion of available dining space where viable and safe. This can include patio and outdoor areas, as well as the use of tents or similar enclosures. 

The intent of this permit is to curb the financial impacts of the pandemic on restaurants, so there is no application or permit fee associated with it. Additionally, the TEP process includes a streamlined application and expedited staff review. Approved permits are valid for 180 days with an option to renew. Approval from the property owner is required. 

The TEP permit does not replace or repeal the city’s building permit requirement and process for restaurants who desire to expand their physical buildings, permanently affixed patios, or other areas that would otherwise require a building permit. 

The TEP permit does not limit the city’s requirement for business to have a valid business license or comply with all other relevant laws.

Restaurants seeking to expand their service area for alcohol remain subject to the review and approval of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.

To learn more about the TEP permit and download the application, please visit

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