Apply for a Temporary Public (Outdoor Dining) Right-of-Way Permit

Do you want to expand your business activities to an adjacent sidewalk and/or public street area to help serve a larger number of patrons while complying with COVID regulations? You're in the right place.

The City adopted the County of Los Angeles Restaurant Reopening GuidelinesDining Table Seating Arrangements(PDF, 921KB)  and the County of Los Angeles Retail Reopening Guidelines. Please adhere to these requirements when creating your Site Plan mentioned below.

This permit is temporary and is valid until COVID regulations subside.


Step 2.Create a Site Plan 

Create a Site Plan (8.5” X 11” or 11” X 17”-preferred) which must include the following:

  • Accurate, dimensioned, scaled drawing showing the business storefront with property line, storefronts adjacent to the business, street trees, fire hydrants, etc., and the full sidewalk, street, and parking area in the proposed permit area. Size and font must be legible. For street closures located downtown, refer to the Downtown Street Closures map(PDF, 1MB)  when preparing your site plan.
  • Delineate and dimension the area proposed for the permit.
  • Show and label all proposed furniture and appurtenances requested to be placed within the proposed permit area.
  • Provide north arrow, scale, street name, business address, and business name.
  • For those restaurants expanding their outdoor dining into a closed-off street:  If you are unable to adhere to minimum ADA accessibility requirements(PDF, 183KB)  using your existing indoor/outdoor dining areas, then placement of a 4' ramp leading from the curb and into the closed-off street dining area is required.

Step 3.Complete your Application

Fill out the Temporary Public Right-of-Way Permit Application, indicating if you want sidewalk or public street access and email the completed applications with the supporting files to

Download and Print Application(PDF, 155KB)

Step 4.We'll Respond via Email

The Engineering Division will let you know once the application has been approved. The permit may then be obtained directly from Engineering. This typically takes 2-3 weeks.

Step 5.Permit Requirements

The following is required at the time of permit issuance:

  1. Proof that your business has liability insurance: $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in the aggregate. (Insurance Example(PDF, 135KB) ).  This shall include creation of a certificate of insurance that names the City as additional insured as follows:  The City of Culver City, members if its City Council, boards and commissions, officers, agents, and its employees as additional insured;
  2. Proof that your business has worker’s compensation insurance as required by State law;
  3. Lastly, you will need to provide a copy of your active Business License from the City of Culver City.

Please note that failure to provide all of the above will delay the issuance of your permit.

The City has formed an Economic Recovery Task Force in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help in the safe and successful reopening of businesses in a phased manner based on the County of Los Angeles guidelines adopted by the City. 

The City has established a no-fee Temporary Public Right-of-Way Permit allowing retail sales and outdoor dining activities to occur on sidewalks and within designated streets (including alleys and paseos) that have been closed down for this purpose(PDF, 16MB) .  The main purpose of the permit is to allow the expansion of business activities to increase their occupancy levels while preserving physical distancing requirements established by the City.