The Sun City Safe program is set up under the Pledge to Safety umbrella in the City's emergency COVID19 response and safety orders. It is part of the City’s commitment to help the local community by promoting the safe operations of businesses, and relief from quarantine stress by offering usable outdoor space for increasing capacity, exercise and commuting space for residents. For the duration of the emergency orders, the pilot program will allow in its different permit types, the use of the Right-Of-Way (ROW), or designated off-street parking space, for the use of the community to safely exercise, commute, or patronize local businesses.
The Permit is at no cost, and the City offers traffic control inventory to set up on the ROW for safe deployment of the different program permit types. The Sun City Safe Program offers three main permit types, to fit different models of outdoor use for patrons and residents throughout the City:
“Safe Streets” means the occupation of a portion of the public right of way that is currently used as on-street parking and/or automobile traffic that shall be utilized for additional outdoor public space. This space shall be used for the the use and occupation of an area that is to be utilized:
The use and occupation of a portion of private property that is currently used as off-street surface parking spaces serving the abutting commercial establishment shall be utilized for additional outdoor dining space, outdoor queuing, and order pick-up and drop-off serving only their establishment.
The use and occupation of a portion of public right of way or the occupation of a portion private property currently used as shared off-street parking, that is to be utilized and shared by multiple restaurants and/or food trucks for the purpose of outdoor dining and seating, which may or may not abut their establishment.
More in depth explanations and visual examples of each of these types of safe zone permits can be found in Program and Design Guidelines, the Program Overview, and the Traffic Control Plan.
The program is open to all applicants that meet the eligibility criteria for location, submit the required documentation and abide by Program and Design Guidelines. Applicants may submit their application for a permit through our Citizen Portal page (under menu tab 'Telecom and ROW'). For the required documentation, make sure all of these are included in your application:
If you have any trouble or questions about the process please contact us at: SunCitySafe@elpasotexas.gov
To stay up to date with the latest ordinance regarding the safe pilot program, check the forms below: