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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Bringing Your Business Outdoors - What You Need to Know

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We have heard many valid concerns from our community – especially our small businesses and restaurants – about how to move their business and dining outdoors.

The City of Napa has been working hard to streamline the process to allow our local businesses to continue their operations, despite ever changing orders from the State level. Our newest program, Napa Al Fresco, is helping businesses expand outdoors in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. You can learn more about the program here: https://www.cityofnapa.org/937/Napa-Al-Fresco.

Streamlining the permit process is key in allowing us to bring all the appropriate departments together at once to review and approve permit applications. Holding weekly permit reviews simplifies and shortens the process, and ensures that we address the many safety issues related to permit applications – from ADA requirements to fire code and building safety.

Additionally, 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 apply and learn more about the program, please contact Craig Smith at [email protected].

We know these are trying times for everyone and supporting our local businesses is one of our highest priorities.

Questions?

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. And our Community Development team is always here to help you through this process - just give us a call at 707-257-9502 for assistance.

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