COVID-19 RESPONSE:

Temporary Outdoor Expansion Program for Restaurants & Retail

The City of Santa Cruz Temporary Outdoor Expansion Area Program provides an opportunity for restaurants and retailers to safely reopen by utilizing new or additional outdoor space for dining or displaying retail merchandise, while meeting physical social distancing requirements. The program allows for the following expanded areas:

  • Expansion of retail and restaurant activity on sidewalks where 8ft of clearance is maintained next to the expansion area;
  • Expansion of retail and restaurant activity into private parking lots and setback areas;
  • Expansion of retail and restaurant activity into adjacent on-street parking spaces where appropriate;
  • Street Closures and traffic modifications that allow for the expansion of retail and restaurant activity into public right-of-way where appropriate;
  • Expansion of retail and restaurant activity into alleyways (Frazier Lewis Lane, Plaza Lane, Pearl Alley).

If you are interested in utilizing a temporary expansion area you must first apply for a no-cost Temporary COVID-19 Outdoor Use Permit from the Economic Development Department before you may begin operating an expanded outdoor space. All applicants must agree to indemnify the City and provide a certificate of insurance for the expanded activity.

For more information, businesses can contact Rebecca Unitt, Business Liaison, at RUnitt@cityofsantacruz.com or (831) 420 – 5157.

Application Checklist:

  • Submit an online application here.
    • Upload the following documentation through the online application:
      • Proof of insurance meeting the requirements below.
      • Temporary COVID-19 Outdoor Use Permit signed by business owner. Property owner signature also required if expansion area is on private property.
      • Proof of ABC authorization of expansion area if serving alcohol.
      • Site plan showing the expansion area's location and dimensions

To help you prepare to submit an application please collect the following information and approvals based on the type of expansion you are planning:

Insurance:

All applicants are required to provide a certificate of insurance. Contact your insurance company to ensure you have the following coverage and request the City of Santa Cruz be added as an additional insured:

  • Commercial General Liability insurance policy of $1 Million per occurrence including products and completed operations, property damage, bodily injury, personal and advertising injury. If a general aggregate limit applies, the general aggregate limit shall be twice the required occurrence limit. Such insurance shall be endorsed to name the City, its officers, officials, employees, agents, and volunteers as additional insureds, and to provide City with prior written notice of cancellation. Such insurance coverage shall be endorsed to be primary coverage as respects City. Any insurance or self-insurance maintained by City shall be excess of the Permittee’s insurance and shall not contribute with it. If Permittee maintains broader coverage and/or higher limits than the minimums shown above, City requires and shall be entitled to the broader coverage and/or higher limits maintained by permittee.
  • Permittee shall also maintain a Workers' Compensation policy as required by the State of California with Statutory Limits, and Employer's Liability Insurance with a policy limit of not less than $1,000,000 per accident for bodily injury or disease. The Workers' Compensation policy shall be endorsed with a waiver of subrogation in favor of the City of Santa Cruz.
  • The address for the City of Santa Cruz on the certificate should be: 337 Locust Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Outdoor dining or retail on the sidewalk, an approved alleyway, or in on street parking:

  • Determine if you have 8 feet of clearance on the sidewalk beyond your expansion area to be able to operate on the sidewalk.
  • Develop a description of the activities you will be conducting in your expansion area and identify the furniture, barriers, trash receptacles and other amenities you will use in the space.

Outdoor dining or retail on private parking or setback areas:

  • Develop a description of the activities you will be conducting in your expansion area and identify the furniture, barriers, trash receptacles and other amenities you will use in the space.
  • Receive approval from your property owner for the expansion area by having them sign the Temporary COVID-19 Outdoor Use Permit form found below.

Businesses Serving Alcohol:

  • Your must receive approval from the ABC authorizing your expanded licensed area. Fill out and submit the application form to ABC directly.
  • You must provide a barrier around the expanded area that is no less than 42" in height. Barriers near vehicle travel lanes are required to be more substantial to protect the area and also provide the required delineation.

Application Materials

Program Guidelines (Updated 6/10/20)

Interested businesses must read the program guidelines before you beginning an application.

ABC COVID-19 Temporary Catering Authorization Application

Restaurants serving alcohol must also receive approval from ABC to expand their licensed area.

Temporary COVID-19 Outdoor Use Permit

Please sign the Permit form and attach it to your application.