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

Space heater for outdoor spaces
“Outdoor heater” by Secondtree, CC BY-NC-SA

Outdoor heating fixtures need an additional Operational Permit from the SF Fire Department.

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

Cross-ventilation through Shared Spaces is required by SFDPH to minimize transmission of COVID-19.

Outdoor Dining icon. Tables and chairs.
“Reopening Update” by SF Planning graphics.

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.

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