Resources for Closing Your Business

Even in the best of times, we know not all businesses survive. The pandemic has exasperated the challenges businesses face. Here are some resources for business owners who are considering closure or have already made the challenging decision to permanently close.

Resources to help your Business

Periodically, the City’s Economic & Workforce Development Department will send important updates to businesses, nonprofits, independent contractors and our partner organizations who support them.

Restaurant Re-Opening Resources

As Oakland restaurants are allowed by County Order to re-open in stages, here are some resources to adapt to this new business environment.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant

The American Rescue Plan includes $28.6 billion in grants for independent food service or drinking establishments, including caterers, brewpubs, taprooms, and tasting rooms, that have 20 or fewer locations (as of March 13, 2020) and are not publicly traded. The SBA will administer the grant program.

Rules for Transporting Construction and Demolition Debris

Parties collecting, transporting or disposing of construction and demolition (C&D) debris in Oakland are required to obtain a Non-Exclusive Franchise (NEF) from the City of Oakland, (with limited exceptions, as described below).

Safer Housing for Oakland Program (SHOP)

The Safer Housing for Oakland Program (SHOP) offers grants to reimburse owners for a portion of the costs to seismically retrofit a multi-unit apartment building with a “soft-story” condition. Resources for existing applicants are located below. No additional applications are being accepted at this time. Send an email to to be added to the waitlist.

Safety Orientation for Public Works Employees

Safety First is our Oakland Public Works Department program that is the foundation of employee safety, and it gives each employee the responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner that promotes safety and health throughout the workplace and in the public domain.

Sailing Camp Swim Evaluation Form

Completion of this form is required for Sailing Camps. Swim evaluations can be done at any pool with a certified lifeguard. Please bring the completed form to the first day of Sailing Camp.