Marketspace: Opening Public Spaces
The City of Healdsburg has been actively engaging our business community to assist you in managing through the coronavirus pandemic as we safely move toward a more business-friendly phase. Healdsburg business owners, including retail, restaurant, tasting rooms, art galleries, hotels, and more have been providing valuable input on the concept of opening sidewalks, streets, alleyways, parking stalls, parks and other public places to enhance social distancing for the benefit local business. Here you will find updated resources for our new Marketspace program that relates to opening public space in Healdsburg to help local business thrive during and post COVID-19.
Update January 25, 2021:
With the most recent revisions in the health orders, many businesses have been allowed to reopen. With certain restrictions lifted, the county returns to Tier 1 (Purple) in the state’s four-tier, color-coded system for loosening and tightening restrictions under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The state lifted the order as the Bay Area’s four-week intensive care unit (ICU) capacity projections are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order. The City has deployed signage throughout the downtown area to help remind people of masking and social distancing requirements. You can download English and Spanish version of the signs for printing by clicking on the image to the left. Stay well, Healdsburg!
Temporary Outdoors Activity Permit
On Monday, June 1, 2020, Healdsburg City Council adopted Resolution 64-2020 authorizing the City Manager to issue temporary Outdoor Activities Permits that allow Healdsburg businesses to utilize portions of public spaces in commercial districts. This action was done to provide additional outdoor space for business operation and physical distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Healdsburg business owners, including retail, restaurant, tasting rooms, art galleries, hotels, and so forth can now apply to make use of public space using the Temporary Outdoor Activities Permit Application. Public spaces include, but is not limited to, sidewalks, alleyways, parking stalls, parks and public facilities including the Villa Chanticleer.
E-Mail:Matt Milde, Permit Coordinator at
Questions:Each Monday morning at 9:15am, we host a One-Stop Parklet Planning Meeting for business owners seeking guidance on their existing or conceptual design/layout. Please e-mail us if you wish to be included.
- No application fee for applying for a Temporary Outdoor Activities Permit
- Our Building Department collects a $171 fee to applicant that choose to install a more elaborate construction that include any sort of construction overhead. This fee goes toward the inspection of your construction.
Other possible fees:(Not collected by the City of Healdsburg)
- Temporary ABC License (one-time $100 fee for outdoor alcohol service during COVID)
- CUPA certification (training required to handle propane under outdoor tents, annual fee about $400)
- Any professional designs (required for a building permit)
CA Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
The COVID-19 Temporary Catering Authorization is intended to assist qualified hospitality businesses with reopening in a manner that is consistent with local and state health and safety directives. This specifically includes temporarily expanding the licensed area of a qualified business to accommodate patrons while abiding by social distancing guidelines and directives. Any licensee with on-sale retail privileges may qualify for a COVID-19 Temporary Catering Authorization.
Temporary Changes to Consumption of Alcohol Regulations in the Downtown Area
As part of the City’s efforts to support our local businesses and in conjunction with Alcoholic Beverage Control’s new catering authorization, City Council has waived sections of Healdsburg’s Municipal Code to temporarily allow consumption of alcohol in the downtown area on sidewalks and parking spaces (called parklets) for businesses that have been permitted to expand their operations under the City’s new Marketspace program. In addition, City Council’s action also allows the consumption of alcohol in the Plaza and West Plaza parks during regular park hours. Carrying an open container on streets and sidewalks outside of these two allowances continues to be prohibited. You can download a printable flyer of the new regulations in English and Spanish. More information on this decision can be found in City Council Resolution 75-2020.