Temporary Outdoor Dining For Restaurants
We realize the COVID-19 crisis has created a severe hardship for our local business
community and that restaurants and businesses are eager to re-open as quickly as possible.
We also understand that these are confusing times with information being released by various
public agencies and the State of California. Please note that the City of Redondo Beach is
following the lead of, and is under the jurisdiction of, the Los Angeles (LA) County Department
of Public Health.
As of May 29, 2020, the State of California granted LA County a waiver to allow restaurants to
open under limited dining operations. To address this waiver, the LA County Department of
Public Health revised orders related to COVID-19 issued May 29, 2020 now expand restaurant
operations to allow as essential businesses, “Restaurants and other food facilities that prepare
and serve food. Restaurants and other food facilities that provide in-person dining must follow
the Department of Public Health Restaurant Opening for On-Site Dining Protocols…”
The City recognizes that restaurants are faced with accommodating social distancing. During
this public health emergency typical capacity would then be effectively reduced within the current physical footprint. To address this capacity issue, the City may issue Temporary Use Permits (TUPs) to utilize the
privately-owned parking areas and outdoor spaces of restaurants to appropriately distribute
seating areas to accommodate emergency orders related to social distancing.
TUPs will be made available for restaurants re-opening under modified emergency orders in
compliance with the City’s TUP process established in the City’s Zoning Ordinance. Per the
City’s regulations, and to address the COVID-19 specificity of these requests, the following are
applicable related to COVID-19 TUPs:
• LOCATION: TUPs may be issued to authorize temporary uses on private property and
are not intended to regulate temporary uses in public parks or on public rights-of-way.
• CRITERIA: The criteria in determining the suitability and compatibility of a temporary
use are as follows:
o The operation of the requested temporary use shall have no adverse effect on
abutting property or jeopardize public health, safety, and general welfare.
o The site is adequate to accommodate the proposed use and shall include
provision of off-street parking where feasible.
o The time period and hours of operation for the temporary use shall be clearly
specified. To address the concern of noise effects, the timeframe of the TUP
area would be limited to no greater than the hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and
may be further limited if site specific conditions demand it.
o Provision shall be made for the removal, clean-up, and restoration of the site.
This temporary use of the parking lot for dining space will only be for the
duration noted on the TUP. After the TUP has expired, the site is expected to
be returned to the operating conditions for the site prior to the COVID-19 public
o The temporary use will be located, operated and maintained in a manner
consistent with the General Plan and with the use classification for the zone.
• CHECKLIST: The application process is through the Planning Division and shall
include the following:
o A TUP application form (see attached form).
o An affidavit from the owner of record of the lot or parcel of the property
authorizing the application (see attached affidavit form).
o A site plan to include the following information:
? All buildings and structures on the site.
? Off-street parking spaces, driving aisles, and driveways.
? The location and dimensions of the temporary use.
? Such other data as may be required to demonstrate that the project meets the criteria. Examples include but are not limited to (similar provisions within the City’s existing sidewalk dining program):
• Furniture plan – demonstrating that the TUP would not be to
increase the total number of tables/patrons, but rather to
provide a larger footprint to accommodate existing capacity
• Lighting plan
• Portable heaters
• ABC approval (if alcohol is served outdoors)
• COVID-19 RE-OPENING PROTOCOL FORM: The TUP regulations do have criteria
regarding not jeopardizing public health, safety, and general welfare. To address this,
the Community Development Department requires the restaurant to submit the LA
County Department of Public Health required and approved Protocol for Restaurants
Opening for On-Site Dining Form (see attached form), or as revised by LA County
through the duration of the emergency, as part of their TUP application to demonstrate
the commitment to protecting the public health, safety, and general welfare during the
public health emergency due to COVID-19.
The purpose of the TUPs would be to accommodate the existing capacity of the restaurant
while maintaining social distancing protocols. Therefore, the TUP would limit the expanded
space to allow for the same capacity of tables/patrons as currently exists within the interior
space of the restaurant. The intent of the TUP would not be to increase the total number of
tables/patrons, but rather to provide a larger footprint to accommodate existing capacity.
It is expected that many restaurants requesting a TUP will intend to use a portion of their
parking lot for the temporary dining space. Any parking not utilized should remain available for
parking use for the site, where safe and feasible, with some temporary physical and visual
barriers separating patrons from vehicles in place as determined necessary, as approved by
the Fire Department.
This temporary use of the parking lot for dining space will only be for the duration noted on the
TUP. All components of the area shall be removable and no permanent structures nor
structures which would otherwise require a building permit shall be allowed. After the TUP has
expired, the site is expected to be returned to the operating conditions for the site prior to the
COVID-19 public health emergency.
The TUP regulations require that the operation of the requested temporary use shall have no
adverse effect on abutting properties. Since this type of TUP use would be for outdoor dining
that is not typically there, this temporary use would create added noise to the abutting properties. To address the concern of noise effects, the timeframe for of the TUP area would
have limited hours.
These TUPs would be issued for the duration of the local emergency declaration that is based
on a public health emergency due to COVID-19. A condition on the TUP would be compliance
with Federal, State, and LA County rules.
There may be evolving issues that need to be addressed as the State, LA County, and
Redondo Beach move through the various recovery phases. As those issues arise,
procedures may be modified to address unforeseen circumstances.
For any questions or to submit your TUP application, send via email to Planning Analyst Lina
Portolese at Lina.Portolese@redondo.org.