Shared Spaces Program

On June 15, 2020, the Port launched the Port’s Shared Spaces Program which offers temporary licenses through June 30, 2021 for the use of Port outdoor space for business operations like outdoor dining and retail pickup. Please review the Port Shared Spaces Guidelines. 

Program Extension

The Program was extended through December 31, 2021.  The program allows tenants and business adjacent to Port property to apply for a temporary permit to use outdoor space for business operations such as seating, dining or retail pickup.  If you wish to extend your current Shared Spaces Permit, please email with the subject line: PERMIT EXTENSION.  A member of the Port Staff will respond to your email with next steps.  Requirements such as updating site plans, insurance certificates, and other documents may apply. 

If your business has more than one location, you must apply for each location individually.

Permit details

This temporary permit is valid until December 31, 2020. And may be extended through December 31, 2021.  It can be revoked.

A minimum 6 foot-wide travel path required 

You must keep a straight, clear travel path at least 6 feet wide, and in some areas along the Waterfront, 12’ – 16’ may be required.  If you do not have enough sidewalk space, you may apply to use nearby open space for business.

You may apply to use Port Outdoor Space, such as:

  • Sidewalk
  • Plaza
  • Pier
  • Wharf
  • Parks*
  • Parking Lane*
  • Street*

*These spaces may require additional review

For outdoor business, you cannot use:

  • Traffic lanes (for bikes or cars)
  • Bus stops
  • Red or blue curb zones

You may apply to use outdoor space, and we will work with you to find a space near your business.

Other Program Information

Application Process

1. Review our rules and prepare application documents

2. Apply

We will ask you about:

  • Your contact information

  • Your business location and information

  • How you will use the space

You will also upload your site plan, insurance documents, and agree to your responsibilities.

You will receive confirmation and a copy of your application and information about what to do next.

3. After you apply

If you applied to use outdoor space, we will review and respond. Please follow up if you have not heard back in 3 business days. We will contact you if we find issues with your application or insurance documents. You must provide and use diverters.

If you applied to use a parking lane, park space, or a street, you may not start using this space. Please follow up if you have not heard back in 3 business days. After you get your permit, you must provide and use traffic barriers or diverters before using the outdoor space.

4. Reporting

You must provide site photos of expanded service areas within the first week of reopening, please email those to

Serving alcohol

This permit does not allow you to serve alcohol outdoors.

If you want to serve alcohol in your outdoor space, apply for a COVID-19 temporary catering authorization with the California State Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.

For information on the City Shared Spaces Program please visit

Email for more information.