The City of San Jose is temporarily relaxing existing regulations to allow the use of outdoor areas next to businesses. The Emergency Declaration was signed onJune 4, 2020.
Under this declaration, SanJose Al Fresco (link: www.sanjoseca.gov/sjalfresco) allows businesses to utilize sidewalks to conduct business during shelter-in-place, while adhering to Social Distancing Protocols.
Businesses that currently have permits for operating outdoor seating/dining do not need to apply-their existing permitting still applies.
Restaurants must follow the County's outdoor dining guidance.
Businesses without existing permits need to register through the City of San Jose's website. It's FREE. If you do not register, and are operating outside without permission from the City you may be asked to cease that operation.
Once your registration is submitted, you will be able to start utilizing the space adjacent to your business immediately, as long as you meet the terms and conditions described in the application.
Businesses can find more information and register at www.sanjoseca.gov/sjalfresco. Restaurants must follow the County's outdoor dining guidance. https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/learn-what-to-do.aspx#outdoor-dining
Non-restaurant businesses may use public sidewalks outside their business as a seating area for customers who are waiting for service.
They may use privately owned, paved parking lots adjacent to their business to provide certain services.
This applies to all retail businesses that were allowed to re-open according to the Santa Clara County Order effective June 5, 2020.
If you have questions, email the San Jose’s Office of Economic Development at firstname.lastname@example.org