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Posted on: August 6, 2020


Temporary policies and procedures that the City has regarding temporary outdoor sales and dining. In March 2020, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, and under regulations from the State of California and the County of Kern, restaurants in Shafter were no longer allowed dine-in service. Now, as outlined in the guidelines for Stage 2 of the State Governor’s 4-Stage Reopening Plan, restaurants have the opportunity to provide dining areas for their customers, while adhering to state and local public health regulations. Restaurants may now temporarily convert portions of adjacent parking areas, walkways, patios, common areas, sidewalks and public rights-of-way into customer dining areas. The opportunity for outdoor sales is also being provided for existing retail businesses.

Attached you will find a copy of the Temporary Use Permit for Outdoor Sales and Dining Application and all the information needed to process it in the quickest manner possible. Please read all directions and requirements carefully and use the checklist provided before submitting your application. Please submit a completed application and all required materials to the Shafter Planning Department at 336 Pacific Avenue, Shafter, CA 93262 in person (by appointment only) or by mail. You may also e-mail the application to Wayne Clausen, Planning Director, at A completed application should be submitted prior to the expansion of any outdoor sales or dining.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call (661) 746-5002. Once approved, a Temporary Use Permit for Outdoor Sales or Dining is in effect for and expires 14 days after the order is lifted in accordance with all applicable State and local health orders.

Click here for the Temporary Use Permit for Outdoor Sales and Dining Application: /DocumentCenter/View/4802


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