Interim City Manager
City Manager - Toby Wells
City Of Manteca

Commercial Activity Expansion

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Rapid Outdoor Commercial Activity Expansion

(Barbers, Personal Care Services, Salons, Retail)

The City of Manteca understands the impact this COVID-19 pandemic has had on businesses and we want to help you maintain your business. Effective immediately, businesses that are eligible and meet all State and County reopening guidelines are encouraged to expand their service areas outside where space and guidelines permit. Businesses will be able to expand onto sidewalks and into parking spaces adjacent to their business location where minimal ADA compliance, circulation safety, and fire lane requirements can be maintained. 

Businesses will be allowed to use tents or membrane structures without sidewalls that are no larger than 120 Sq. Ft. (10’ x 12’) without a permit if the tents are free-standing and anchored properly. For assistance with larger outdoor tent structures requiring permits, or, for recommendations for placement of outdoor commercial activities, businesses can contact the City at (209) 456-8522 or email  All businesses using this program will be required to sign a hold harmless agreement with the City of Manteca and send pictures of their outdoor set up prior to beginning outdoor service. 

Program Allows for:

  • Expansion of activity onto sidewalks where 4ft. of clearance is maintained next to the expansion area;
  • Expansion of  activity into private parking lots areas where disabled parking spaces are not  blocked;
  • Use of Freestanding, but securely anchored, 10x 10 or 10x 12 tents;
  • Use of larger outdoor tent structures with building permits and full site inspections​.
 Getting Started:

If you are interested in utilizing a temporary expansion area you must first apply for a no-cost Temporary COVID-19 Outdoor Use Permit from the Economic Development Division before you may begin operating an expanded outdoor space. All applicants must agree to indemnify the City and provide a certificate of insurance for the expanded activity. For more information, businesses can contact the Economic Development Division at or (209) 456–8522.

Download Permit Application Packet for Private Property

Manteca Outdoor Commercial Activity Expansion Program Packet v.4.pdf

If you are planning to place anything in the Public Right of Way, you will need to use the Revocable Encroachment Permit instead found here​.