UPDATE: The city is expediting the time it takes to issue special event permits.
The city said it is working to issue the permits to businesses such as restaurants within five business days rather than the typical 30 days. The city has created a new streamlined form businesses can use to apply for the permit.
Interested businesses can e-mail the application and the $86 processing fee or drop it off at the City of Bakersfield Treasury Division, 1600 Truxtun Ave.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The city of Bakersfield says it is offering a special permit to local businesses and restaurants allowing them to set up areas outside of their normal operating spaces during the coronavirus pandemic.
The city says these permits are called the COVID-19 Special Event Permit. Under the permit, businesses and restaurants to set up in areas like parking lots, sidewalks and in some cases city streets.
Only businesses permitted would be allowed to operate in those areas outside their usual operating spaces. The city says it is considering applications on a case-by-case basis and would work with businesses looking to obtain a permit.
The permit and its allowances would be in effect as long as the city emergency declaration is in effect.