The City recently adopted an Outdoor Dining Ordinance, which will allow for permanent outdoor dining for restaurants in all zones. Outdoor dining will be allowed within the public sidewalk or on private property with an Outdoor Dining Permit. Outdoor dining creates an inviting atmosphere along commercial corridors and provides more flexibility with seating and waiting areas for restaurant.
Some of the main requirements for outdoor dining include, providing adequate pedestrian circulation and access and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, requiring tables and chairs used be of substantial materials, providing a safety plan to ensure patrons are protected while dining, ensuring that the outdoor dining does not block visibility of the adjacent businesses, and ensuring that the outdoor dining area be maintained in a clean and safe condition at all times.
To apply for an Outdoor Dining Permit, contact the Planning Division at (562) 804-1424 ext. 2314 or 2011. An application, application fee, diagram of the outdoor dining area, examples of the outdoor dining furnishings, the days and times of the outdoor dining activities, and a safety plan are required to be submitted.