Chico allows expansion of outdoor commerce for non-food businesses

In order to help local businesses impacted by coronavirus, the City of Chico has issued an emergency order temporarily expanding outdoor commerce for non-food businesses.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 5:34 PM
Updated: Jul 28, 2020 6:31 PM

CHICO, Calif. - An emergency order has been issued temporarily expanding outdoor commerce for non-food businesses on private property in Chico.

This comes days after the city allowed restaurants to convert existing on-street parking spaces into additional seating outside.

In the new order, the City of Chico will allow businesses to utilize additional outdoor areas for commerce, including private sidewalks, parking lots, recreation space and other space on private property.

This order will only apply to businesses affected by shut downs related to Butte County being on the watch list. So barbers, hair & nail salons and gyms can apply to move their operations outdoors but every day retail such as clothing stores or shoe shops can not apply to move their operations outdoors. 

"These expansion areas must be adjacent to the existing non-food business and may occupy up to 100% of the square footage of usable floor space of the business’ building, but may not occupy more than 50% of the available parking area on-site," the city's press release read.

RELATED: Chico issues emergency order to help restaurants

The city said the outdoor set-up should not eliminate any ADA parking spaces and must operate during their regular operating hours.

“Continuing to find practical ways to encourage commerce in these times of COVID-19 is proving to be challenging, however, the City remains committed to finding ways to help our local businesses and this Order should serve to do just that,” said Mark Orme, City of Chico City Manager.

Businesses should continue to comply with federal, state and local codes and if a business does not, the city said it will have the right to immediately suspend the operation of the outdoor expansion.

To apply to use a business’s private space, owners may contact the City of Chico Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 879-6800. To apply for use of public space, businesses may contact the City of Chico Public Works Department at 879-6900. No fee will be required for this application.

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