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Connecticut DCP Offers Guidance on Outdoor Service

For Immediate Release
From Director John Suchy, Director, Liquor Control Division
May 1, 2020

Guidance Statement on Outdoor Service of Alcoholic Beverages

If you wish to offer outdoor service of alcoholic beverages at your restaurant, bar, or other dining  establishment, you will need local and state approvals. With this in mind, we have an application,  complete with instructions, that has been in use for several years now. There is no fee associated with  this application.

The name of the form is Patio, Extension of Use, And/or Additional Consumer Bar Application.  It can be found on the DCP website at, linking to Liquor Control Division, and then  Applications and Forms or directly linking to here.

The form needs to be reviewed and approved by local officials, specifically zoning, fire marshal, and local  health. Since many town offices are closed and officials are working remotely, we will accept electronic  signatures. Please do not submit any form without the required local approvals. If an application  comes without such approvals, it will not be reviewed.

In addition, please provide a copy of the sketch of the proposed outdoor service area which has been  provided to and approved by local officials.  If you already applied for and received patio approval, you do not need to reapply.  Note that a patio is an extension of the permit premise, and the permittee must maintain control. All  the rules associated with service of alcohol inside the premise (e.g., no service to minors) also applies to  the patio.

IMPORTANT‐ To expedite the review and approval process, please email completed application and  sketch to It is important that yoCOnnectu provide us with a workable email address  which we can use to send you an updated liquor permit showing the outdoor service (patio) approval

John J. Suchy, Director of the Liquor Control Division

The Department of Consumer Protection, through the State Liquor Control Commission, oversees all sales of liquor in the State of Connecticut.  165 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06106-1630,  Liquor Control Division website


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