In May 2020, the City of Petaluma implemented a Free Range permitting program to help businesses expand onto public or private sidewalks and parking spots while their ability to operated indoors is restricted because of the State COVID-19 health orders.
Interested businesses need to submit an application, site plan, and insurance (if using public streets and sidewalks). City staff will review the application to ensure the set ups are safe and meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Staff meet weekly in order to make the process as streamlined and quick as possible.
The Free Range program has been an incredible success. Not only has it allowed businesses to operate, it has also provided opportunities for community members to experience how outdoor spaces can be used in new and creative ways. Read more about some of the restaurants that have participated here.
With indoor operations continuing to be restricted, the City has decided to continue the Free Range program until further notice. Existing permit holders do not need to submit a new application unless they have altered their set up since receiving their permit.
Moving forward, City staff are exploring ways to use the program as a complement to its Slow Streets program.
Talk to staff about your project
If you would like to expand your business outdoors, please contact Nancy Sands at 707-778-4484 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your plans. Use our online application or download and complete a paper-based application.
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