Napa Al Fresco
Safe Spaces Created for Businesses Outdoors
Napa Al Fresco is helping businesses expand outdoors in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. The City of Napa and partners want to provide a safe experience to people who visit and enjoy the City of Napa’s world-class dining and wines. All programs are free of charge to businesses and open to restaurants, wine tasting room, retail, and others.
The information on this webpage is intended to assist our customers in understanding how to apply for these Napa Al Fresco administrative permits. We welcome feedback on the program, and the materials included on this webpage, and anticipate modifying and adding information to this page in response to customer feedback.
Napa Al Fresco consists of the following three major programs. You can find more information to each program below.
- Outdoor Business Expansion Permit Program: This expedited city-wide permit program lets businesses quickly apply for dining on public (ex. sidewalks) and private property.
- Shared Spaces Permit Program: This program allows business owners city-wide to utilize the public parking space in the street in front of their business for outdoor dining, wine tasting, or other outdoor uses. This program lets businesses quickly transform these spaces into expanded areas for their business.
- Parklet Permit Program: Similar to the Shared Spaces Permit Program, this program allows business owners city-wide to utilize the public parking space in the street in front of their business. The key difference is that it entails the installation of a platform to make the area the same level as the sidewalk.
Outdoor Business Expansion Permit Program – Public and Private Property
The Outdoor Business Expansion Permit Program was launched to facilitate speedy review and approval of new and expanded outdoor areas on public property (sidewalks and parks) and on private property (parking lots and other areas on private land). Important aspects of the Outdoor Business Expansion Permit include:
Allowing businesses to replace lost seating due to physical distancing protocols.
Addressing design and site maintenance requirements to ensure that the expanded or new areas are an asset to the community and allow safe public access around the outdoor expanded areas.
The streamlined permits will be approved with an expiration date of December 31, 2020 to provide an opportunity to assess the success of the expanded areas and to make changes for the next season.
This program was launched on May 29, 2020 and has been successful to-date thanks to business owners who have submitted their applications and worked with City staff to find a design that ensures that the approved dining areas are safe and accessible to everyone.
Streamlined Outdoor Business Expansion Permit Application Requirements
Outdoor Business Expansion Technical Considerations and Resources
Outdoor Personal Care Services Permits
Outdoor Personal Care Services Technical Considerations
Shared Spaces Permit Program – Using Public Street Parking for Expansion Outdoors
The Shared Spaces Permit allows business owners city-wide to utilize the public parking space in the street in front of their business for outdoor dining, wine tasting, or other outdoor uses.
This program lets businesses quickly transform these spaces into expanded areas for their business. Businesses will need to provide barricading and design the space to be accessible and address drainage considerations. See Parklet/Shared Space Technical Considerations document for more details:
Because of the rapid implementation of this new program, the City’s review process will focus on ensuring the safety of these new use areas and that adequate, convenient public parking remains available to community members and visitors alike.
Parklet Permit Program – Installing Platform to Use Public Street Parking for Expansion Outdoors
Similar to the Shared Spaces Permit Program, this program allows business owners city-wide to utilize the public parking space in the street in front of their business. The key difference is that it entails the installation of a platform to make the area the same level as the sidewalk.
This Parklet Permit Program lets businesses transform these spaces into expanded areas for their business. It is a built platform that extends out from the sidewalk to the width of the adjacent parking space. The resources and time to approve and construct a parklet may make them prohibitive to businesses that need additional outdoor space sooner. See Parklet/Shared Space Technical Considerations document for more details
Parklet and Shared Spaces Permit Program
Parklet/ Shared Spaces Technical Considerations and Resources
If outdoor dining is proposed within the parklet/shared space, please consider the Outdoor Dining Technical Considerations in addition to the parklet/ shared space guidance.
**Downtown and Oxbow Parklet Grant Program**
In addition to the programs above, the Napa Downtown Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) has allocated $140,000 to the Downtown and Oxbow Parklet Grants Program to support businesses with the design, development, and installation of a parklet or shared space in the downtown area. Downtown and Oxbow District businesses will be able to apply for reimbursable grants of up to $5,000 to help finance the cost of implementing their Shared Spaces/Parklet design.
To inquire about the Downtown and Oxbow Parklet Grants program, contact Craig Smith at: [email protected]
How to Submit Your Application
While City offices are closed to the public, City staff are working full time and are available by phone or email. Outdoor Business Expansion, Shared Spaces, and Parklet applications and plans may be submitted by email.
To submit your application:
- Email plans and an electronic copy of the completed Application Form to: [email protected].
- Mail an original, signed copy of the Application Form to:
City of Napa Community Development Department Attn: Planning 1600 First Street, Napa, CA 94559.
Technical Assistance for Outdoor Use Areas
City of Napa Public Works and Community Development staff are available to help restaurants and other businesses assess the physical parameters for outdoor dining expansion and/or parklet proposals. The staff team’s focus is on identifying the outer limits of potential use areas that ensure that new or expanded outdoor use areas meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) spacing requirements and other guidelines. Businesses are encouraged to contact the City by email ([email protected]) for more information about this service.
The best place to send general questions is the City of Napa’s Outdoor Dining shared email address ([email protected]). We are monitoring this email regularly and we will direct your inquiry to the correct staff contact.
For Planning questions, please contact Planning Manager Erin Morris ([email protected]).
For Public Works questions, please contact Public Works Engineering Development Services Manager Tim Wood ([email protected])
For Fire Prevention questions, please contact Fire Marshal Greg Fortune ([email protected])