Heights pizza-and-veggie spot Coltivare now sports a bright red tag (shown at right) next to its front door — after a city inspector found fault with its newly protected-from-weather patio space facing the side garden (the white tent-like structures in the photo above) last week. What’s wrong with covering a patio with a temporary structure for the winter?
Nothing, but it does trigger some permitting issues. “An uncovered patio isn’t considered an occupied space,” a Swamplot reader familiar with Houston building regulations writes. But: “A lot of folks don’t realize covered patios count as building square footage and must be permitted.”
An increase in a restaurant’s square footage will also affect its parking requirements. The note to “stop all unpermitted work” requires the restaurant at 3320 White Oak Dr. to get permits for the addition of the structure and a new certificate of occupancy for the additional area.
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