City of Menlo Park

On June 19, 2020, the Menlo Park City Council adopted an urgency ordinance to help support and reactivate local businesses by temporarily allowing expanded dining and retail options on the sidewalk, in on-street parking spaces, public parking plazas and/or privately-owned shopping areas and parking lots.

The program is in effect for 90 days and will expire September 17, 2020. There will be no fees associated with the permit. Businesses seeking to expand their dining or retail operations are encouraged to apply immediately to take full advantage of the temporary nature of this program.

Temporary outdoor use permit applications can be submitted online and city staff expects application reviews will take 48 to 72 hours. Businesses may use the approved space immediately upon approval.

Materials required for submittal will depend on the requested space but generally will include:
-Space usage description (i.e., site plan, photos)
-Business contact and information
-Certificate of insurance naming the City of Menlo Park as additional insured
-Consent from neighbors if shared space
-Construction and barricade information if required

For more information and to apply, visit

InMenlo file photo (c) 2010

{ Be the first to comment }

Updated heritage tree ordinance in Menlo Park goes into effect July 1

On November 19, 2019, the City Council approved a new heritage tree ordinance that is effective July 1. The City Council updated the ordinance to preserve the City’s tree canopy with the intention to plant and protect more replacement trees and to increase preservation of healthy heritage trees in development projects. The following sections describe […]

Click to read more →

Menlo Park reopens additional outdoor recreation facilities effective June 25

Effective Thursday, June 25, the City of Menlo Park will reopen additional outdoor recreation facilities with health and safety precautions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and comply with state and county health orders. The new local order (Menlo Park Local Order No. 7) reopens the Skate Park, public tennis courts, public basketball courts […]

Click to read more →

Menlo Park Mayor Cecilia Taylor to host interactive tele town hall on policing today at 4:00 pm

Menlo Park Mayor Cecilia Taylor is hosting an interactive tele town hall on policing. It will be followed by a special Menlo Park City Council meeting on the same topic. To attend this telephone town hall discussion about policing, please answer  the city’s call to you at 4:00 pm or you can dial in to […]

Click to read more →

Public hearing set for Menlo Park fiscal year 2020-21 city budget on June 9

The Menlo Park City Council will meet at 6:00 pm, Tuesday, June 9, for its regular meeting, including the annual public hearing on the budget. This year, the city manager’s proposed budget is balanced, while showing a General Fund expenditure of $56.70 million, a decline of $13.77 million (19.6 percent decrease), year-over-year. The authorized full-time […]

Click to read more →

Listen to the recorded town hall with the Menlo Park Mayor and Police Chief

Did you miss the telephone town hall with Mayor Cecilia Taylor and Police Chief Dave Bertini? The 1-hour recording is available on demand. You can also review the transcript. 

Click to read more →

Tele-Town Hall meeting with Menlo Park Mayor and Police Chief on June 4

Menlo Park Mayor Cecilia Taylor and Police Chief Dave Bertini are co-hosting an interactive tele-town hall event on Thursday, June 4, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. They will share information and take questions. To join, please answer the city’s phone call to you at 6:00 pm or you can dial in to 1-877-229-8493 and enter […]

Click to read more →

Update on number of COVID-19 cases in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside

In  its weekly update, the San Mateo County Health Department released the number of COVID-19 cases as of May 8. The confirmed cases to date in InMenlo’s coverage area: -Menlo Park: 55; 16.2 cases for every 10,000 resident -Atherton: 12; 16.7 cases for every 10,000 residents -Portola Valley: 10; 21.8 cases for every 10,000 residents […]

Click to read more →

Join Menlo Park Mayor Cecilia Taylor for virtual office hours on May 4

The Mayor is available to hear your concerns and take your questions on Monday, May 4, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. If you wish to participate, please register using the online registration link.

Click to read more →

San Mateo County Health releases COVID-19 cases by zip code

This chart is updated weekly on Fridays. The next scheduled update will be May 8th.

Click to read more →

Revised shelter-in-place order extended to May 31; some restrictions eased

  The updated shelter-in-place order goes into effect Monday, May 4 and extends through May 31. It calls for some eased restrictions, such as increased access to area open space and parks, but all requirements for social distancing and wearing face coverings remain in effect. Social distancing has slowed the increase of new COVID-19 cases […]

Click to read more →