Outdoor Dining General Requirements
The City is allowing temporary outdoor dining to occur on sidewalks, in on-street public parking areas, and/or in parking areas in privately owned shopping centers. Specific guidelines for each of these locations are outlined in our Guidelines for Outdoor Dining. Please review the guidelines before moving forward with outdoor dining. These guidelines are temporary in nature and will only be in place during this time of restricted restaurant operations or up until December 1, 2020.
Restaurants must also follow guidelines set by the San Mateo County Health Officer, set forth in the Health Officer Order and related State’s Industry Guidance. The San Mateo County’s press release includes additional information regarding outdoor dining.
Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit during COVID-19
The City has created a streamlined no-fee Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit Application for Outdoor Dining in the public right-of-way on sidewalks or within parking spaces.
A permit is required if:
A permit is not required if:
- The restaurant plans to provide alcohol service to their patrons.
- The restaurant is creating dining areas in public on-street parking spaces outside of the City’s common parklet areas in Downtown San Mateo.
- The restaurant is providing sidewalk dining without alcohol service.
- The restaurant uses the common dining areas created by the City in public on-street parking spaces in Downtown San Mateo without alcohol service.
Please review the Outdoor Dining webpage for more information.