Shared Spaces

We are making it easier to use outdoor places like sidewalks, streets, and open lots for business during the coronavirus pandemic. Permits are free.

Important considerations

White Cap Shared Space
“White Cap Shared Space” by Robin Abad Ocubillo
Space heater for outdoor spaces
“Outdoor heater” by Secondtree, CC BY-NC-SA

Propane heating fixtures need an additional Operational Permit from the SF Fire Department. Permits are free!

Outdoor dinning space showing good ventilation
“Ventilation” by SF Planning Department

Cross-ventilation through Shared Spaces minimizes transmission of COVID-19. Check out the design guidelines for specifics.

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Businesses can apply for Shared Spaces, a new program for more flexible use of sidewalks, streets, and other outdoor spaces.