Outdoor dining has exploded in the past few years. Many diners prefer to eat outside when the weather is mild. Outdoor dining has several advantages to the restaurant owner as well. Customers dining outdoors provide free advertising for your restaurant, and it opens additional seating space during peak dining hours.

Our licensed contractors at Division 9 Commercial Construction will be happy to provide you with a quote for the installation of your restaurant patio. However, before you jump headfirst into your restaurant remodel, you should consider the following items:

Local Rules & Regulations

Cities have zoning regulations for commercial construction. You will have to contact your local zoning commission to determine which permits a patio requires. Our licensed contractors are experienced with commercial zoning regulations, and we can help you navigate the red tape.

You will also have to contact your local health department. The health department may be interested in inspecting once the renovations are complete. If you are interested in serving liquor outside, you will have to ensure that your liquor license includes outdoor dining.

Leased Properties

Many restaurant owners do not outright own their commercial property. Any significant commercial renovations must be approved by the landlord first. A restaurant patio will increase the property value, so your landlord may be supportive of the remodeling. A restaurant patio will also have to be addressed within the business liability insurance policy.

Patio Remodeling Cost

The total cost of the patio will depend on the building materials and the total size. A typical patio remodel costs between $10 – $15 per square foot. If you need specialty building materials, the cost could run as high as $25 per square foot. Our contractors at Division 9 Commercial Construction have access to the most competitive prices on building materials.

We can help you save money on your patio remodeling project. Depending on your desired setup, you may need to run electric and plumbing lines to your new patio. Lights, heaters, and sprinklers will require utility runs run out to the patio space. Running electric and plumbing lines will add additional costs to your patio installation.

Contact our Division 9 Commercial Construction office at 800-991-4121 to speak with a licensed contractor regarding your patio installation. Our licensed contractors will give a free estimate and any needed advice on installing your restaurant patio.