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Boulder Business Recovery

City of Boulder Logo Boulder Business Recovery Program

The City of Boulder recognizes the significant impact COVID-19 has had on the local business community. To support local business citywide while protecting customers and employees, the city has established the Boulder Business Recovery Program to allow businesses to expand their space outdoors. Eligible businesses include restaurants, retail, theaters, museums, offices, trade schools and a wide array of personal services like acupuncture or massage. This program streamlines the permitting process for businesses to expand their space outdoors on public and private property, while reopening under the state’s Safer at Home order.

The program is available citywide. To support the program, the city has currently closed several streets , including Pearl Street between 9th and 11th streets, 10th Street from Pearl Street north to the alley south of Spruce Street and Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th Street and the alley.  
  • View  the map  of locations already participating in the Boulder Business Recovery Program.

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Learn About the Program 

  • View  the map  of Boulder Business Recovery Program locations
  • Video (click the image below to view the video)

We want your application to be complete and successful the first time you apply so you can start using your space right away. Depending on your situation, different documents are required. Read through the items carefully to determine which documents you will need to upload. Applications will be accepted through July 17, 2020. If you would like to apply after this date has passed, email Charles Ferro, Development Review Manager. The program runs through Sept. 30, 2020.

Every application requires:

  • A description of your temporary outdoor expansion area
  • The date and time you'll be ready for inspection

If your temporary outdoor expansion area:

  • Enters public right-of-way (e.g., sidewalk, tree lawn, street parking spaces, etc.), you must attest to having the proper insurance.
  • Enters private property (e.g., parking lot, open areas around a building), you must upload a property or landlord consent (email or letter is okay):   Example of property or landlord consent
  • Enters the neighboring business’s street frontage or private property (e.g., parking lot, open areas around a building) you must upload your neighboring business consent (email or letter is okay):   Example of neighboring business consent

NOTE: If you plan to serve alcohol in the temporary expansion area, an additional application is required. A link to the liquor modification application is provided directly from the outdoor expansion application. 

Watch a 60-minute webinar  about the application process with staff from the city, Boulder County Public Health and the Boulder Chamber.

Set Up Your Space Using the Inspection Checklist

We recommend using the Inspection Checklist pdf to set up your area. It will be what the Inspector will use when they come to check compliance and all applicable items are mandatory .

As part of its efforts to support local businesses recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Boulder is offering a Curbside Pick-Up Zone program, which will operate through Sept. 30. The program converts some existing loading zones and other parking spaces in downtown Boulder and on University Hill for general curbside pick-up use. An online application for new curbside pick-up zones for businesses that are not in the vicinity of an existing zone is below. These curbside pick-up zones will be free of charge for 10 minutes to provide patrons and services enough time to pick-up orders, and will be clearly signed in English and Spanish.

Boulder County Public Health has issued   guidance for special events   on May 28, 2020. The statewide   Safer at Home Order   limits both public and private gatherings to no more than 10 individuals. Nothing in this guidance should be construed as permitting a gathering of more than 10 individuals. Event organizers are strongly encouraged to use virtual electronic platforms and alternative activities less conducive to public gatherings.

Temporary outdoor events held on private property must comply with the guidance.

The  HOP  bus will be rerouted from Pearl Street onto Walnut Street between 15  th  and 20  th  streets from June 17 to Sept. 30 to provide a better customer experience for east end retail businesses and restaurants.

Send an email:  [email protected]  

Programa de Recuperación de Empresas en Boulder

La ciudad de Boulder reconoce el considerable impacto que  COVID-19   ha tenido en la comunidad empresarial local. Para apoyar a las empresas locales y al mismo tiempo proteger a clientes y empleados, el gobierno municipal ha establecido el Programa de Recuperación de Empresas de Boulder para permitir que las empresas amplíen su espacio en exteriores. Entre el tipo de empresas elegibles se encuentran restaurantes, tiendas, teatros, museos, oficinas, escuelas de comercio y una amplia gama de servicios personales como la acupuntura o el masaje. Este programa agiliza el proceso de permisos para que las empresas amplíen su espacio exterior en propiedades públicas y privadas, durante el proceso de reabrir comercios bajo la orden estatal    Más Seguros en Casa   .

Visite la página web del Programa de Recuperación de Empresas de Bouler (Boulder Business Recovery Program  para mayor información. Para información en español, vea la pestaña "Información para Empresas y Negocios" en la página de Recursos relacionados a COVID-19 o comuníquese con la Cámara de Comercio Latina del Condado de Boulder con Berenice Garcia Telle,   [email protected]   o 720-238-6799.

  • Plan de recuperación de empresas en Boulder: extensión temporal a espacios exteriores para restaurantes   Lista  de inspección.


Boulder Business Recovery: Application for Temporary Outdoor Expansion 

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