City Hall and all other City facilities are closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The closures will be effective after 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and will continue through May 15, 2020. City staff will continue to report to their offices and serve the public. Residents are encouraged to conduct City business online or by contacting individual City departments directly. Residents who are unsure how to conduct their City business may contact the City’s customer service hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515.239.5670.

Sidewalk Cafe Permits

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A sidewalk cafe is any group of tables and chairs, and its authorized decorative and accessory devices, situated and maintained upon the public sidewalk for use in connection with the consumption of food and beverages sold to the public from, or in, an adjoining indoor restaurant.

A Certificate of Insurance naming the City of Ames as an additional insured with comprehensive general liability limits in the amount of $500,000 combined single limit shall be in full force and effect during the life of the permit. A copy of the current insurance certificate shall be maintained on file with the City Clerk. The application fee is $35 per season.

Please read Section 22.32 of the City of Ames Municipal Code before completing the application.

Application for Sidewalk Cafe