Fees to rent public sidewalk space in D.C. could increase under new proposal

(WJLA) - Businesses in D.C. who pay to rent public space for sidewalk cafes may soon pay a little more if a budget proposal from Mayor Vincent Gray gets approved.

The D.C. Council committee has already the proposal, which would increase the fee of $5 per square foot for unenclosed cafes and $10 per square foot for enclosed cafes to $8.30 and $16.30 per square foot, respectively, according to the DCist.

The proposal would also give Gray the authority to say who could rent surface public space rather than the D.C. council. A penalty fine of $1,000 would be handed out to any business "violating public space rental and utilization laws and regulations," the DCist reports.

Read more at the DCist.