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Outdoor Space Activation for Businesses

To help address the potential reduction of useable indoor space, the city will allow for the temporary use of public sidewalks, private parking or common space for outdoor dining, expanded retail space and other business operations that are currently only allowed outdoors.

The Community Development Department has made it quick and easy to apply for a permit. For background on expanding outdoor areas, refer to the council memorandum.

Private property/parking lots

For temporary private property permits, including parking lots please find the application here. There is no fee for this permit. Processing time generally takes a few business days. Please include a drawing with your application (hand-drawn is OK). Contact staff for a sample drawing.

Sidewalks/curb cafe

To support our businesses, the city is allowing certain temporary uses in the right-of-way subject to a city permit. To propose temporary use on a public sidewalk or within public parking stalls in the Village (such as a sidewalk cafe, outdoor display or curb cafe), please complete the right-of-way (use) permit application E-12 and follow the submittal requirements E-12A. This permit includes a fee of $381 for a sidewalk cafe or outdoor display. The curb cafe permit fee is $1,200 per parking space for one year. These applications take approximately five to six days to process.

Ready to submit or have a question?

To temporarily activate outdoor space, please complete and send your private property or right-of-way permit application to outdooractivation@carlsbadca.gov.

Contacts for questions

Once submitted, we will keep you informed throughout the permit process. We are here to support and assist you during these challenging times.