Businesses can continue to operate in parklets, sidewalks, open lots and more.
Since the pandemic forced many restaurants and businesses to adapt to streetside, open-air operations, the city has blossomed unexpectedly. City streets are filled with life and activity, and Mayor Breed’s “Shared Spaces” initiative, meant to be a temporary solution, will now be a permanent change.
Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation to keep the program around, and also to steamline it, so that businesses, arts and culture organizations, and others may more easily acquire permits. This means that we will continue to see businesses operating on sidewalks, curbsides, full streets, and in empty lots!
I’m excited to see our Shared Spaces legislation pass unanimously at the Board, which means that the parklets and outdoor dining we’ve come to love will now continue permanently in San Francisco! pic.twitter.com/jNgeKLZW2V
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) July 14, 2021
With the new streamlined application process, businesses may apply for permits through a simple online portal, to be approved within 30 days of the application. The program will also incentivize space sharing and movable parklets as public transportation needs increase. You can learn more details here.
“Shared Spaces brought back life and excitement to our neighborhoods during an incredibly challenging time. It has been wonderful to see friends and families enjoying their community and supporting their local businesses,” said Mayor Breed. “By taking the necessary steps to make Shared Spaces permanent, we are providing another lifeline for local businesses to thrive and creating a clear path forward towards rebuilding our economy as San Francisco recovers from COVID-19.”
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