We are making it easier to use outdoor places like sidewalks, streets, and open lots for business during the coronavirus pandemic. Permits are free.
Outdoor heating fixtures need an additional Operational Permit from the SF Fire Department.
Cross-ventilation through Shared Spaces is required by SFDPH to minimize transmission of COVID-19.
Reopening update! Beginning Thursday, January 28, 2021, some new activities will be allowed to resume in San Francisco. Find out more about how these apply to Shared Spaces.
Apply to use the sidewalk or parking lane for business operations like seating, dining, or retail.
Apply to use travel lanes for business operations like seating, dining, or retail.
Apply to use outdoor space on private property like rear yards, vacant lots, parking lots, and patios.
Apply for a Just Add Music (JAM) permit for Shared Spaces, outdoor dining or other outdoor activities.
Apply to use space operated by for the Port's Shared Spaces program for your business.
What to do if you see businesses not following rules to use sidewalk or parking lane space.
Let us know what you think of a current or proposed Shared Space location.
An interactive map of all applications and approvals for Shared Spaces locations.