NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Thursday approved a proposal to allow open-air dining on rooftops and in lawns of restaurants. The civic agency, however, made it clear that the restaurant owners would need to obtain fire NOC mandatorily before starting the facility. Also, they need to have a health trade licence.
According to the policy, which was approved in the House meeting, open-air dining will be allowed at those restaurants where open areas or terraces are privately owned. There should be no encroachments on public land or footpaths. The open space should also not have a direct opening to the main road. Cooking of food and barbecue in the open space are also prohibited.
The policy says that light music can be played in the open-air seating area but it should not be beyond the permissible decibel levels. Live band performance will not be allowed.
The permission for serving food in open terrace and lawns will be given only on submission of building’s structural safety certificate from a registered structural engineer with clear mention of using terrace for serving food (dining).
“The food will have to be cooked in enclosed kitchens and only serving of food will be allowed in open air. Serving of liquor will only be permitted at licensed terraces,” states the policy.

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