Temporary Permits for Businesses to Operate on State Highway Right of Way (ROW)
City and County Permit Application
- Standard Encroachment Permit (EP) Application (form TR-0100), instructions and related forms
- Need assistance? - District Encroachment Permit Offices' Contact Information
- EP General Provisions (TR-0045)
- Commercial Activities on State Highway ROW
- Non-Commercial Activities on State Highway ROW (public seating, curbside pick-up and markings for physical distancing)
In response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order (N-83-20) on October 28, 2020, directing the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to create a process for issuing temporary encroachment permits enabling commercial activities on the state highway right of way (ROW), allowing businesses located along state highways to expand their outdoor dining options onto sidewalks and parking areas, where safety permits. The order suspends statutory restrictions associated with vending on the State Highway System for a period of 120 days. In conjunction with the Executive Order, Caltrans has established a process by which cities and counties may apply for and obtain a permit to use the state highway ROW for outdoor dining and other commercial activities while the order is in effect.
Caltrans News Release - November 12, 2020
- Signed October 28, 2020; in effect for 120 days (until February 25, 2021).
- Temporarily suspends laws that prohibit vending on Caltrans’ state highway ROW.
- Interested cities and counties apply to Caltrans for a permit.
- If approved, cities and counties work directly with businesses in their jurisdiction and provide guidelines.
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