Pop Up Patio Pilot Program
Fremont City Council Approves Permanent Program for Outdoor Commercial Patios
On May 10, 2022, the Fremont City Council approved an ordinance to allow the commercial outdoor patio areas made popular by the COVID-19 pandemic to continue operating in Fremont on a long-term basis and authorized the use of one-time funding to offset the $500 permit fee for the remainder of the calendar year.
The new Outdoor Commercial Patio Program provides businesses with a streamlined and low-cost process to permit their outdoor commercial spaces. The ordinance reflects the input of Fremont's many Pop Up Patio permittees who provided feedback through a City survey and webinar events. Their feedback included the following:
- A one-time permit application
- An easy and straightforward permitting process
- Low permit costs and fee waivers
- Flexibility with patio or parklet materials
All business owners who wish to offer outdoor patios, including those with approved temporary patios, will be required to switch to the new permanent program by the end of 2022. The City is looking forward to continuing to work with patio operators to transition their patios into this new program.
Due to procedural requirements, the application process for permanent patios is expected to open on July 11, 2022. More information about the application materials and process will be available in early June. In the meantime, businesses can read the City's Outdoor Commercial Patio Guidebook and contact Planning staff via email with any questions.
In addition, a City staff report with more information about the approved ordinance is available in the meeting agenda below.
Watch Webinars on Outdoor Commercial Patio Regulations
As the City transitions into the next phase of pandemic response and recovery, staff is making plans to allow the vibrant outdoor spaces created through the Pop Up Patio program on a more permanent basis. City staff kicked off this process in November 2021 with a survey to current Pop Up Patio businesses asking for their input on future regulations. Staff then presented some initial ideas and solicited feedback from the business community during webinars in early February 2022. Watch staff's presentation on the proposed regulations below:
Pop Up Patio Program
In June 2020, the City of Fremont launched the Pop Up Patio program to allow brick and mortar restaurants, retailers, and personal services to use outdoor space to conduct business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses can apply to use outdoor space on the public sidewalk; within public on-street parking spaces; and/or within private off-street parking lots. Over 70 businesses have taken advantage of the program to gain additional capacity to serve their customers outdoors.
The Pop Up Patio program is still accepting applications!
For more information on the Pop Up Patio Program, please visit:
- Requirements and Application Process
- Interactive Map of open businesses and Pop Up Patios/outdoor commerce in Fremont.
Parks Business Operating Permits
Community Services is now accepting Parks Business Operating Permits (P-BOP) to allow commercial businesses when permitted by the County, to use outdoor temporary park space to conduct fitness classes. Learn more at the PBOP Webpage.
Alameda County: Moving Beyond the Blueprint
As of June 15, 2021, Alameda County is following the State of California’s Beyond the Blueprint framework. For more information on the Beyond the Blueprint framework, please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department’s Beyond the Blueprint webpage.