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COVID-19 Temporary Outdoor Dining Program
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The County has developed the COVID-19 Temporary Outdoor Dining Program for restaurants in unincorporated Los Angeles County that are interested in expanding dining seating into private walkways and parking facilities and the County road right-of-way.

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If your restaurant is located in the City of Los Angeles, visit the city’s website and learn more about the L.A. Al Fresco Outdoor Dining Program.

Temporary Sidewalk Dining Permit

Restaurant owners may apply to Public Works to receive a no-fee, temporary permit to utilize the sidewalk adjacent to their restaurant for outdoor dining.

Owners are eligible for this temporary permit if their restaurant is:

Cost: Free

Read the Guidelines: The Sidewalk Dining Guidelines For Restaurants Located in Unincorporated Los Angeles County outline the responsibilities and requirements (including legal and insurance requirements) for restaurant owners.

Temporary Permit Expiration: September 30, 2020, unless extended by the County based on the County Health Officer Orders.

How To Apply: Follow the step-by-step instructions to apply through EPIC-LA, the County's Electronic Permitting & Inspections portal.

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For additional information, please view the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Public Works' Transportation Planning and Programs Division at (626) 458-3901.

Temporary Food Pick-up Zone

Restaurants may request that Public Works designate temporary 15-minute time-limit parking zones along the curb of public streets to encourage parking turnover where food pick-up is in demand.

The curbside location must meet the following criteria:

  • Located in an unincorporated County community, along a roadway maintained by the County
  • Located in a commercial area or business district
  • Located at least 15 feet from a fire hydrant
  • Not currently marked or signed as a passenger or commercial loading, No Stopping Anytime, or an accessible parking zone

If the requested curbside parking zone is in front of another business, the applicant must submit written support (letter or email) from that business.

Cost: Free

Read the Guidelines: Temporary Food Pick-up Zone Guidelines

Temporary Permit Expiration: September 30, 2020, unless extended by the County based on the County Health Officer Orders.

How To Apply: Submit an application with photos of the existing parking signs and the proposed location of the parking zone.

For questions, please view the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Public Works' Traffic Safety and Mobility Division at (626) 300-4708.

Temporary Parklet Permit

Restaurant owners may apply to Public Works for a temporary permit to convert on-street parking spaces to an outdoor dining space (parklet).

Owners are eligible for this temporary permit if their restaurant is:

Additionally, the proposed temporary parklet must be located:

  • Within on-street parking spaces (at minimum, 2 parallel or 4 diagonal parking spaces)
  • On a street with a speed limit of 25 miles per hour. Streets with higher speed limits may be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • On a street with no more than 2 lanes in each direction (left-turn lanes or bike lanes do not count towards the total number of lanes)

For a full list of eligibility criteria please view the Parklet Guidelines for Restaurants located in Unincorporated Los Angeles County.

Traffic Safety Barrier: To safely accommodate dining in these spaces, a traffic safety barrier will need to be placed around the temporary parklet. Applicants may request Public Works to design and install K-rail type traffic safety barriers, or the applicant may hire an engineer and a contractor to design and install traffic safety barriers.

ADA Requirements: Temporary parklets will need to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Applicants may install a ramp (if the temporary parklet is intended to be on the road surface) or a platform (to extend the sidewalk area into the road).

If a ramp or platform is not feasible or desirable, restaurant owners may instead apply for a temporary sidewalk dining permit in addition to the parklet permit, so that the same outdoor dining service and experience is accessible to those with disabilities.

Cost: Depending on the characteristics and usage of the road, parklets may take different forms and vary in cost and scale. Interested restaurant owners may obtain a cost estimate by contacting Public Works at (626) 458-3901.

Read the Guidelines: The Parklet Guidelines for Restaurants located in Unincorporated Los Angeles County outline the responsibilities and requirements (including legal and insurance requirements) for restaurant owners.

Temporary Permit Expiration: September 30, 2020, unless extended by the County based on the County Health Officer Orders.

How To Apply: Follow the step-by-step instructions to apply through EPIC-LA, the County’s Electronic Permitting & Inspections portal.

For additional information, please view the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Public Works' Transportation Planning and Programs Division at (626) 458-3901.

Temporary Alley and Road Closures Permit

Restaurant owners and sponsors may apply for a temporary permit from Public Works to close an alley or a street to vehicular traffic for outdoor dining space.

Sponsors and restaurant owners are eligible for the permit if the proposed closure is:

  • Located in an unincorporated County community
  • A public alley or street maintained by Public Works
  • To serve only the restaurants participating in and utilizing the closure. However, if the alley or street serves other businesses or residents/tenants, written support (letter or email) from the affected parties is required.

Traffic Safety Barriers: To safely accommodate dining in the closure, traffic controls will need to be installed. Applicants may request Public Works to design and install K-rail type traffic safety barriers, or the applicant may hire an engineer and a contractor to design and install traffic safety barriers at the temporary closure site.

Cost: Depending on the characteristics and usage of the alley or road, closure of these facilities may take different forms and vary in cost and scale. Interested sponsors or restaurant owners may obtain a cost estimate by contacting Public Works at (626) 458-3901.

Read the Guidelines: The Alley and Road Closure Guidelines for Restaurants located in Unincorporated Los Angeles County outline the responsibilities and requirements (including legal and insurance requirements) for sponsors and restaurant owners.

Temporary Permit Expiration: September 30, 2020, unless extended by the County based on the County Health Officer Orders.

How To Apply:
For temporary alley closures, follow the step-by-step instructions to apply through EPIC-LA, the County’s Electronic Permitting & Inspections portal.

For additional information, please view the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Public Works' Transportation Planning and Programs Division at (626) 458-3901.

Temporary Onsite Outdoor Dining Permit

Restaurant owners may work with Regional Planning to obtain a special events permit (SEP) for temporary outdoor dining on privately owned walkways or parking facilities on the same property as the restaurant within an unincorporated Los Angeles County community.

Restaurant owners are eligible for the permit if the proposed establishment:

Cost: $234

Read the Guidelines: The Temporary Outdoor Dining Guidelines for Private Walkways and On-Site/Off-Site Parking Facilities outline the responsibilities and requirements for restaurant owners.

Temporary Permit Expiration: Concurrent with end of the County’s proclamation of an emergency and declaration of a local health emergency.

How To Apply:
Follow the step-by-step instructions (Korean 한국어) to apply through EPIC-LA, the County’s Electronic Permitting & Inspections portal.

For questions, please contact Regional Planning at zoningldcc@planning.lacounty.gov or (213) 974-6411.

Reference Documents:

Temporary Offsite Outdoor Dining Permit

Restaurant owners may work with Regional Planning to obtain a special events permit (SEP) for temporary outdoor dining on privately owned walkways or parking facilities located on a different property than the restaurant, within an unincorporated Los Angeles County community.

Restaurant owners are eligible for the permit if the proposed establishment:

Cost: $234

Read the Guidelines: The Temporary Outdoor Dining Guidelines for Private Walkways and On-Site/Off-Site Parking Facilities outline the responsibilities and requirements for restaurant owners.

Temporary Permit Expiration: Concurrent with end of the County’s proclamation of an emergency and declaration of a local health emergency.

How To Apply:
Follow the step-by-step instructions (Korean 한국어) to apply through EPIC-LA, the County’s Electronic Permitting & Inspections portal.

For questions, please contact Regional Planning at zoningldcc@planning.lacounty.gov or (213) 974-6411.

Reference Documents: