City of Santa Monica Supports Local Businesses by Waiving Outdoor Dining and Retail Fees through June 30, 2022

December 15, 2021 11:39 am

Santa Monica, California in a View of Supporting Santa Monica businesses and the entire community, The city council approved the extension Exemption from fees to Temporary Use Permits for outdoor dining and retail activities, including sidewalk dining, barclays, and satellite dining on the Promenade Until June 30, 2022.

“The outdoor dining program has been a lifesaver for our entire community during this pandemic, and we are keen to extend the program,” Mayor Sue said. Himmelrich. “For small businesses, workers and residents, external operations have an impact It means businesses can remain open and employees can continue to work while creating new and innovative spaces for our entire community to enjoy a moment of joy and normalcy.”

This program has an estimated value for companies at least 1.4 million dollars and supporting our entire community – businesses, workers and residents – through the devastating effects of COVID-19 by Create safe and outdoor fun spaces For everyone to have fun. more than 170 Santa Monica Business Owns Participate In the program, she was shared by the Santa Monica community It overwhelming support, by more than 96% of Santa monecan Wishing to eat and shop outside, 79% of businesses Report it Barklets Owns increase their sales.

Santa Monica outdoors Pilot The program has been created As one of the city’s first economic recovery projects in partnership with The local business community (Downtown Santa Monica, company , Main Street Business Improvement Association, Montana Street Dealers Association, Pico Improvement organisation, the Santa Monica room Commerce, And Santa Monica travel & tourism) , Besides the strong support of the Ocean Park Association start in a April 2020 to Quickly Expanding outdoor dining, retail and fitness opportunities in line with Public health requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 With helping keep our small business safely open. In June 2021, the Council extended these fee waivers Make these spaces available to local businesses free of charge through the end of 2021, while agreeing to a fee schedule that mandates authorized fees. with at least 30 days notice for companies and “Not later than 1 January 2022.” All participating companies are required to obtain Free Temporary use permit and operation of outdoor areas in accordance with safety conditions requirements.

The staff is currently reviewing the overall Santa Monica Outdoors program to continue support to local businesses while Documenting the general effects and maintenance costs Santa Monica Significantly expanded outdoor dinner program which includes staff time for Maintenance, safety and periodic adjustments to barricades, parking effects, and more. a Permanent program including Update fee structure and timing to Execution To be reviewed by City Council Spring 2022. Application for fee waiver extending through June 30, 2022 will be incorporated Mid-Year City Budget Review Process in February With a permanent outdoor dining program including expected fees in a July 2022.

What does this mean for Santa Monica Business?

  • Santa Monica businesses with pre-existing outdoor dining The license agreements will continue to enjoy the benefits of fee waivers until June 30, 2022.
  • Santa Monica Business Who would like to participate in this program need to Getting Temporary Use Permit. declaration Outlay Waiving the monthly license fee to use the right of way Until June 30, 2022. Apply here.
  • Once the permanent program enters into force, City Work crew All businesses in Santa Monica will provide 30 days’ notice of the new monthly license fee for this reason Participating companies Owns Option To keep processes the same, unsubscribe or set External footprint to help reduce costs.
  • Winterization guidance for outdoor dining business operations has been updated Sent by the Santa Monica Fire Department Including new instructions on outdoor heaters and their proximity to tents and canopies. You can find it here.

For more information about the program, visit Learn more about the city Latest Economic Recovery Programs, visit For questions, call Or call 3-1-1.


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