According to the new reopening guidelines from the Marin Health and Human Services, additional businesses such as outdoor retail and outdoor dining are now permitted to operate beginning June 1st. If your business is open, you must follow best practices to keep your customers and employees safe. You are required to post a Site-Specific Protection Plan and adhere to the industry-specific requirements outlined in the Marin County public health orders.
If you are a retailer or restaurant and want to use the outdoor public space in front of your business, the City is now allowing three categories of outdoor dining and retail: Use of Public Sidewalks and Plazas, Use of Public Parking Spaces, and Use of Outdoor Private Property.
Common standards for Outdoor Dining and Retail (See specific standards listed in three categories below)
- For use of the sidewalk, a minimum, unobstructed width of four (4) feet must be permanently maintained for public pedestrian passage. Furnishings and merchandise shall not be placed in a manner that obstructs access to this pedestrian passage.
- No items shall block visibility for required street signs, crosswalks, and intersections.
- Movable racks and furniture must be adequately secured, so that they do not roll or are easily tipped over.
- The area shall be maintained in a sanitary condition free from litter, infestation from pests and the storm drain must be kept clear.
- All building exits and exit pathways must be kept clear.
- Access to building fire protection equipment (PIV, FDC, Riser) and sidewalk fire hydrants must be kept clear.
- All electrical outside must utilize heavy duty extension cords plugged into GFCI receptacles. Cords cannot be in an area subject to damage or creating a trip hazard. Cords cannot be hung overhead by themselves unless supported by other means (e.g. attached to a cable). Any change in elevation to facilitate electrical on the ground must meet ADA standards.
- No stacking of furnishings in outdoor areas.
- A fire extinguisher inside the building must be quickly accessible.
- Open flame (such as candles) is not permitted.
|New Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Regulatory Relief|
ABC’s COVID-19 Temporary Catering Authorization authorizes on-sale privileges to a property that is adjacent to the licensed premises so long as the property is under the control of the licensee, and where bona fide meals are being served and in accordance with state and local health and safety directives. Learn more.
Restaurants that wish to expand their permitted alcohol sales may do so by filing both of the following forms:
These forms may be turned into an ABC office via mail or in person. A check or money order of $100 will be accepted, no credit card payments.
DISCLAIMER: The Temporary Outdoor Dining and Retail permit applications are pilot programs and subject to change or termination at any time in the discretion of the City of San Rafael. Individual permits may also be revoked by the City if the City determines the applicant is in violation of the permit requirements. The conditional temporary permits authorized by these pilot programs are subject to all provisions of San Rafael Municipal Code Section 11.04.030, including the duty to indemnify the City of San Rafael for injuries to persons or damage to public or private property as set forth in Section 11.04.030.040.
Outdoor Dining & Retail Application
This application is for the Use of Public Sidewalks and Plazas, Use of Public Parking Spaces, and Use of Outdoor Private Property only. At this time use of City Parking Lots and City streets (other than on-street parking spaces) is not permitted for outdoor dining and retail.
If you have questions:
- Call 415-485-3355, or
- Fill out this form
- COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan (available in English, Spanish, & Vietnamese)
- Marin Recovers Guidelines for Reopening Businesses
- Reopening Resources (signage templates, where to buy PPE & cleaning supplies)
- COVID-19 Resources for San Rafael Businesses
- COVID-19 Alcoholic Beverage Control information