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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Council Approves TOP Program for Citrus Heights Restaurants & Retail

Temporary Outdoor Program

As Citrus Heights moves further along in the stages of California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap, various industries in our City are resuming operations. During this transition, the City’s top priority remains the health and safety of our workforce and community. To help dine-in restaurants and retail shops adapt to the State and County guidelines for re-opening, the City of Citrus Heights has established criteria for utilizing existing outdoor space.


The City’s Temporary Outdoor Program (TOP) relaxes regulations concerning use of outdoor spaces. This outdoor program aims to help Citrus Heights businesses adhere to State and County health orders and guidelines, like regulations requiring a six foot clearance between groups at restaurants.

To allow for timely implementation, businesses will not need a permit from the City to participate in TOP. City staff have created an easy-to-follow guide, providing detailed information and allowing businesses to self-certify. Businesses who follow the City’s guide are able to participate in TOP.

Please note that a permit from Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District and clearance from the Sacramento Area Sewer District may be required. Prior to implementing this program, please contact the following to discuss your project:

  • Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District at (916) 859-4330
  • Sacramento Area Sewer District & Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, at or 916-876-6100.

The program will run through December 31, 2020, unless amended. Key factors of the program include…

  • Encouraging outdoor dining by using outdoor spaces such as parking spaces and sidewalks (not including sidewalks within the rights-of-way).  
  • Subject to the rules of Alcoholic Beverage Control, allowing outdoor consumption of alcohol at restaurants where indoor consumption of alcohol was already allowed.
  • Parking may be reduced to allow for increased outdoor dining space, creation of pick-up areas, or similar activities needed to comply with the recovery phase.
  • Adding signage on a temporary basis to help communicate that your business is open, indicate curbside pick-up areas, and other similar messages that will aid in the recovery process. Temporary signage cannot impede accessible pedestrian access along the sidewalk or into the business.
  • Allowing restaurants with access to private sidewalks or private parking to  utilize these areas for dining activities in accordance with guidelines published by California Department of Public Health: (Dine-in Restaurants).
  • Requiring a valid Citrus Heights General Business License to participate in the program.

Temporary Outdoor Program Guidelines buttonTo view the complete Temporary Outdoor Program guidelines, please click here.

For questions regarding this program, please contact the Planning Division at (916) 727-4740 or

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