City Government, City Services, News Release

Hayward waiving fees, streamlining permitting for outdoor dining citywide in compliance with Alameda County health orders

July 29, 2020

HAYWARD, Calif., July 29, 2020—The City of Hayward is waiving all permitting fees, providing streamlined processing and offering personal assistance if needed for restaurants citywide interested in starting dining service outdoors.

“We want to make the process as simple as possible and provide all the assistance we can with the understanding there are very specific safety measures and protocols that must be met for outdoor dining under Alameda County health orders,” said Economic Development Manager Paul Nguyen.

Local restaurants interested in starting outdoor dining service on private or public property should begin by completing a Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit application and submitting it along with related documentation to  A Spanish-language version of the application is available here.

To learn more and for additional information on County COVID-19 safety requirements and guidelines for outdoor dining, go online to the Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit page on the City of Hayward website.

Questions also can be directed by email to or by phone to the Planning Division at (510) 583-4216, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Restaurants that already possess a signed agreement with the City to use public property to serve food outside of their place of business and do not plan to expand beyond their restaurant frontage as indicated in their City agreement, do not need a Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit.

Similarly, if the private property at which a restaurant is located already includes a pre-approved designated area intended for outdoor dining, a Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit is not required, provided the site complies with physical distancing requirements and related County COVID-19 health standards.

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