The City of Austin has extended the Shop the Block pilot program until June 2021 to help small businesses continue operations during COVID-19 restrictions. This pilot program, brought forth by Councilmember Pool, was originally conceived and implemented in the summer of 2020. The program allows food, beverage, and retail businesses to apply for a 6 month permit to expand their operations outdoors onto private parking lots, public sidewalks, public parking spaces, or roads and alleyways in front of their establishments to expand their ability to safely serve customers.
These permits are quick to apply for and affordable so that they are accessible to all business owners. The City has dedicated Austin Center for Events staff ready to help navigate the application and provide support. Contact them before you submit your application to ask questions, review site plans, or schedule a site visit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for help. Step by step directions and more resources are available at AustinTexas.gov/ShopTheBlock.