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Posted on: July 14, 2020

July 14, 2020 - Encroachment Permits Allow Businesses to Operate Outdoors

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Following the state’s order to restrict certain industry sectors to outdoor-only operations, businesses in the unincorporated areas of Humboldt County are invited to apply for a no-cost encroachment permit to convert parking lanes or stalls for business use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Areas that may be used for outdoor services include parking lanes or stalls within the public right-of-way. This does not allow the use of travel lanes or other areas where parking is prohibited at all times. Additional requirements include installing traffic barriers and ensuring proper road drainage.

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said, “Businesses have been hit hard by changing regulations at the state level, and we want to do whatever we can to assist them as they try to adapt to these changes.”

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors adopted this policy in early June to allow restaurants and other businesses to reopen while maintaining physical distancing and other safety measures.

To learn more about the policy and to apply for a no-cost encroachment permit in the unincorporated areas of Humboldt County, go to

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