Outdoor Mountain View Pilot Program

The Citywide Outdoor Business Operations Pilot Program (also known as Outdoor Mountain View!) allows businesses to temporarily operate outside on private property, or authorized public property, under the State of California and Santa Clara County Department of Public Health Orders, and under the Declaration of Emergency by the City of Mountain View. The program provides mandatory requirements for businesses allowed to operate outdoors with minimal city permitting, licensing, or approval, while still protecting the public health and safety. This program is subject to change based on modifications to the Health Orders or to maintain the public health, safety, and general welfare of the City. All program requirements, including modifications, will be posted on this website. This program does not apply to businesses participating in outdoor dining in the Castro StrEATs Pilot Program. 

OMV! Program Requirements

This program is effective as of September 9, 2020 and will continue until 14 calendar days following termination of the City's Declaration of Emergency.



Current Health Orders

Information on current State and County Health Orders is available online:

Existing City Programs with Outdoor Business Operations

The following are existing programs in the City of Mountain View which function outside of the OMV! Program:

  • Castro StrEATs Pilot Program for outdoor dining businesses in Downtown Mountain View (see webpage for details).  All other businesses operating within the 100, 200, 300, and 400 blocks of Castro Street in accordance with State and County Health Orders may participate in the OMV! Program with City approval for use of public property (see Program Requirements).
  • Commercial Use of City Parks Permit for businesses focused on recreational uses. If interested, you can submit an application form, insurance, and business license information electronically to the City's Recreation Division at recreation@mountainview.gov
  • Mobile Vendors can operate in the City with an approved Mobile Vending Application and submit it to the City's Finance Department at finance@mountainview.gov. If you have any questions, please view the Mobile Vending FAQs online.