Temporary Outdoor Business Permit

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An applicant's guide to procedures for temporary outdoor business permits

In the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the City of San Marcos is committed to helping local businesses re-open safely while adhering to public health mandates. As restaurants and other businesses are allowed to gradually re-open under State and County public health orders, businesses will be faced with new safety protocols and associated costs, such as limiting indoor seating and reducing customer occupancy to facilitate social distancing.

In order to facilitate business needs, Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-1486 enacts various modifications to the San Marcos Municipal Code (SMMC) to allow for the following outdoor activities with specific restrictions: outdoor restaurant dining in expanded walkway, plaza, and parking lot areas and the public sidewalk; curbside pick-up, drive-thru, and delivery service accommodations; allowance for alcohol to-go with food; outdoor display and merchandise sales in parking lot areas; assembly and instructional/fitness classes allowed in parking lots and open space areas; and broaden allowances for temporary signage.  The provisions of the SMMC are modified until the mandates for social distancing and related health and sanitation measures have been dissolved by the appropriate public health authority.

Temporary Outdoor Activities
Permit needed?
How do you get a Temporary Outdoor Business Permit?
Temporary Outdoor Business requirements
A site plan is required
Sample Site Plan
Temporary Banner Allowances
City Council Items, May 26, 2020

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