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Temporary Outdoor Business

On July 29, 2020, the State of California Department of Public Health released updated guidance for personal care service business. This update allows some business activities outdoors. On July 17, 2020, Santa Clara County Public Health Department released a list of services closed indoors.

Local Emergency Order Regarding Temporary Outdoor Business Areas

Starting Sept. 2, businesses may set up temporary outdoor business activities. No fee, self-certification is available for business on private property and on the public sidewalk. Temporary outdoor dining is still allowed.

The City now allows:

  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Nail salons
  • Outside retail (except sales of food)
  • Group fitness classes (on private property only)
  • Permitted massage establishments - contact Public Safety

Outdoor Business on Private Property

If you have an existing business and you would like to use existing parking or paved area for temporary outdoor business, complete the Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Certification Form and submit it to Planning.

Temporary Outdoor Business Operation on Private Property Certification

If your temporary outdoor dining has either of the following:

  • Liquid Petroleum Gas fueled heaters (LPG)
  • Covered tent structure (400 square feet or more)

you must follow the Tents & Canopies for Outdoor Operations requirements.

Outdoor Business in the Public Right-of-Way

Businesses may use portions of the public sidewalk for temporary business activity. Complete the Temporary Outdoor Business Operation on Public Right of Way Certification Form and submit it to Public Works.

Temporary Outdoor Business Operation on Public Right of Way Certification

Use of on-street parking - If you are interested in using on-street parking areas for your business, you must submit an encroachment permit with application fees.

Encroachment permit

Last Updated: Mar 19, 2021
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