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City Resumes Temporary Outdoor Permit Program for Local Businesses in Response to County's Return to Purple Tier

January 26, 2021

In response to the state lifting the regional Stay-at-Home order for all regions statewide, and Orange County returning to the strictest Purple tier of the 4-tier, color-coded Blueprint for a Safer Economy classification system, the City will resume the Accessible Businesses Program, issuing temporary permits for local establishments to operate outdoors. Eligible businesses are encouraged to apply for a no-fee, 60-day, outdoor business permit with the City’s Planning Division.

The Accessible Businesses Program allows qualifying businesses, such as restaurants, retail, service-type businesses, gyms, and places of worship, to convert portions of adjacent parking areas, walkways, patios, sidewalks, and public rights-of-way into business areas.

To qualify, businesses must be located in Garden Grove; obtain property owner authorization; and submit an application, along with a site plan and business layout to the Planning Division at The application is available online at

Applications may be submitted in-person, by appointment only, at the Planning Counter, located on the 1st floor of City Hall, at 11222 Acacia Parkway. Appointments can be made by calling the Planning Division at (714) 741-5312 or by email at

There is no cost to apply.

For a list of local establishments open for business, visit

Further assisting the local business economy, the City has established the JOBS 1st To-Go program, which provides up to $1,500 in grant funding to businesses offering to-go services; and the JOBS 1st program, offering zero-interest loans of up to $50,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to eligible businesses for the creation and retention of jobs.

Local businesses are also encouraged to utilize additional resources provided by the county and state:

For more information on Garden Grove’s business programs and to apply for assistance, visit