COVID-19 Temporary Outdoor Dining


On March 5, 2020, Sacramento County proclaimed a public health emergency.  The outbreak and associated response to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 globally and in the Sacramento Community has disrupted normal business operations.  The County adopted temporary amendments to the County Zoning Code (Ordinance BOS-1592) to allow for certain businesses to operate in outdoor areas. Assembly Bill 61 (AB 61) extended the provisions for temporary outdoor dining to January​ 1, 2024. Restaurants wishing to have temporary outdoor dining areas shall follow the self-certification requirements listed below. ​​​



The County has developed guidelines for the standardized operation of temporary outdoor dining areas.  Prior to operating outdoors, businesses shall self-certify that they comply with the County Temporary Outdoor Use Area Regulations.  It is the business owner’s obligation to review the self-certification checklist and to ensure that their employees are familiar with the requirements and that their business is operating in a manner consistent with the requirements listed in the self-certification checklist.​  The checklist does not need to be submitted to the County.​


There is no cost associated with the Self-Certification Checklist.

Application Form

Self-Certification Checklist


Temporary use of outdoor areas for restaurants is valid until January 1, 2024.