Approved August 31st, 2020
Welcome to the City of El Paso Sun City Safe Pilot Program! 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 helping the local community by promoting the safe operations of businesses, as well as providing 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, or designated off-street parking space, for the use of the community to safely exercise, commute, or patronize local businesses.
The Sun City Safe Program offers three main permit types, to fit different models of outdoor use for patrons and residents throughout the City.
The program will allow applicants to obtain a permit to use the Right-Of-Way or the parking lots on their property for safe outdoor use of either extensions of their businesses, or as added exercise, recreational or commuting space. 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. Depending on their location, permit types allow for the following:
“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 following purposes:
Ped-Way (Pedestrian Lane): “Ped-Way (Pedestrian Lane)” means the use and occupation of an area that is to be utilized for outdoor recreational purposes, including but not limited to, pedestrian movement, bicycling, and/or Shared Use Mobility Devices.
ROW Café: “ROW Café” means the use and occupation of an area that is to be utilized for businesses to provide additional space for outdoor dining and seating, space for patrons, and merchandise, which encompasses a partial street closure of the entire block, which may or may not include on-street parking, directly fronting only their establishment.
Parking-parklet: “Parking-parklet” means the use and occupation of an area that is to be utilized for businesses to provide additional space outdoor dining and seating, space for patrons, and merchandise, which encompasses on-street parking spaces directly abutting only their establishment.
“Safe Business” means 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.
Safe Food Court
“Safe Food Court” means 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.
The program is open to all applicants that meet the eligibility criteria for location, submit the required documentation and abide by Program Guidelines. Applicants may submit their application for a permit through our Citizen Portal page (under menu tab 'Telecom and ROW'):
Program Guidelines and Eligibility Documents
- Program & Design Guidelines
- Approved Emergency Order
- Location Eligibility Criteria
- Traffic Control Plan Templates
- Program Overview Presentation
Applicants will need to review the program and design guidelines below, and when submitting an application include the following additional information:
- Indemnification agreement (signed by applicant)
- Project location image (google maps)
- Neighbor Consent Form (signed by neighboring property owners/tenants)
- Proof of insurance (for restaurants and businesses)