Through the Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion program, the City offers eligible businesses the use of private property and public spaces, as areas to expand business operations.
To help our small businesses, the City issued Emergency Director Order 20-12, which established the Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion, and is waiving its fees.
Eligible businesses include: restaurants, breweries/wineries, gyms and fitness facilities, hair salons and barber shops, nail salons, personal care services (as permitted by the state), and worship services.
Steps to Apply for Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion
1. Obtain written permission from the property owner who owns the property that will be used for outdoor business expansion.
(You must apply for a Temporary Use Permit if you plan to use city streets for your business expansion. A Temporary Use Permit may require consultation with City departments such as Public Works, Police, and Fire.)
2. Complete the application here.
3. Draw a sketch of the proposed plan.*
4. For restaurants, breweries and wineries only: If serving alcohol outdoors, obtain a COVID-19 Temporary Catering Authorization from the Alcoholic Beverage Control by reading the instructions here, and:
- Submit a completed application, (Form ABC-218 CV19) to the nearest ABC office, 1000 South Hill Road, Suite 310, in Ventura.
- Submit a Supplemental Diagram (Form ABC-253) which clearly identifies where the requested area is in relation to the existing licensed premises.
- Submit the $100.00 fee for a COVID-19 Temporary Catering Authorization. This fee is non-refundable regardless of whether the application is approved or denied.
In addition, permission from the City of Oxnard ABC liaison is required. The City will send the application to the Officer for approval.
5. Email 1, 2, and 3 to the City’s Economic Development Manager at Rosie.Ornelas@oxnard.org – with “Outdoor Business Expansion” in the subject line.
6. Written authorization from the Community Development Director is required; the applicant’s documents will be sent to the Director for approval and signature.
A Fire Inspection will be required for businesses adding 400 sq. ft. or more or using canopies larger than 10′ x 10′. There is no fee for the inspection. The City will request an inspection after complete documents have been submitted. Please call Fire Prevention at 805-385-7722 to set up an inspection when you are ready with your canopies and barriers in place.
*ADA accessibility must be maintained, outdoor dining must comply with all Ventura County Environmental Health regulations.
Temporary Outdoor Business Rules
- No amplified or live music is allowed with outdoor dining
- No television is allowed with outdoor dining
- Overhead protection is allowed, however fully or partially enclosed “party” style tents are prohibited
- Tables and chairs must be at least 6 feet apart
- No food service equipment or service stations can be set up outside, only seating
- The area can only be used for its intended business purpose; no other activities
In addition, restaurants, breweries and wineries in Ventura County must follow local rules:
- Only members of the same household may sit together at a single table
- The maximum time for a patron dining on the premises shall be 1.5 hours
- Restaurants are required to close by 10 pm
All bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries and other businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on their premises may open outdoor operations if they offer sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal. Wineries and wine tasting rooms may open outdoor operations even if they do not offer sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals.
Gyms, Fitness Facilities, marital arts studios, yoga studios, Pilates studios, dance studios and similar facilities are only allowed to be open outdoors at this time and must follow the Gyms and Fitness Center Guidance.
Churches can only operate outdoors. Indoor services are not permitted per the State of California.
The State released new guidelines on the allowance of haircuts and other personal care services. These type of businesses are only allowed to operate outdoors. Hair services are allowed, as are other services such as for skin care, nails, waxing, threading and massage. Read more in the Expanded Personal Care Services Provided Outdoors. Owners or operators should only resume operations when they are ready and able to implement the necessary safety measures outdoors to provide for their safety and that of their customers. The guidance is not a substitute for any existing safety and health-related regulatory requirements such as those of Cal/OSHA or the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.
The Centers for Disease Control has additional requirements in their guidance for businesses and employers including:
- Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement.
- Salons and barbershops must not perform a service that would require a customer to have to enter the establishment.