Port Shared Spaces Program

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Permit Extensions

In alignment with the City's Shared Spaces Program, the Port has extended the Shared Spaces Program through June 30, 2021.  

If you wish to extend your current Shared Spaces Permit, please email SharedSpaces@sfport.com 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. 



Use Port outdoor space for your business

Temporary permit to use Port outdoor space for business operations, like seating, dining, or retail pickup.

Permit details

This temporary permit is valid until December 31, 2020. And may be extended through June 30, 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.

What to do

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.


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.

Apply Here

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 sharedspaces@sfport.com


Special cases

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.

Business with multiple locations

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


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