On December 6, 2022, the City Council adopted an interim urgency ordinance extending the Temporary Outdoor Dining and Retail Program. This ordinance will remain in effect for 45 days and the City Council will consider extending the program on January 17, 2023, which if approved will remain in place through 2024. Visit www.el-cerrito.org/DocumentCenter/View/18171 to learn more.
If you are a business owner and want to use the outdoor private and/or public space adjacent to your business, the City has created a streamlined no-fee Temporary Outdoor Dining & Retail Permit Application for three categories of outdoor dining and retail: Use of Outdoor Private Property, Use of Public Sidewalks, and Use of Public Parking Spaces.
Please note that this streamlined process is intended to cover non-permanent items that would not normally require a building permit. For example, tables, chairs, tents or collapsible awnings, etc. ADA requirements, building and fire codes must still be adhered to and any permanent structures or buildouts will still require permits and City approval. Please view Resolution 2020-42 for more information or contact City staff for additional guidance at firstname.lastname@example.org.