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TEMPORARY USE OF PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR OUTDOOR DINING AND RETAIL PERMIT

Culver City Business Storefronts

The City has formed an Economic Recovery Task Force in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate the safe and successful reopening of all its business sectors in a phased manner based upon guidelines established by the County of Los Angeles (County) and subsequently adopted with or without modification by the City. 

For the duration of the June 1, 2020 Sixteenth Supplement to Public Order, as amended or extended, 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.  The main purpose of issuing Temporary Public Right-of-Way Permits is to allow the expansion of business activities to include a portion of their adjacent sidewalk and/or public street area for the purpose of increasing their maximum occupancy levels to conduct business activities while preserving physical distancing requirements established by the City.

The City adopted the County of Los Angeles Restaurant Reopening Guidelines and the County of Los Angeles Retail Reopening Guidelines   Please adhere to these requirements when creating your Site Plan mentioned below.

To complete the application process, follow the simple steps below:

  1. Read through the Standards and Procedures for the Temporary Use of Public Right-of-Way for Outdoor dining and Retail.
  2. Fill out the Temporary Public Right-of-Way Permit Application, indicating if you want sidewalk or public street access; then
  3. Create a Site Plan (8.5” X 11” or 11” X 17”-preferred) which must include the following:
    1. Site Plan including:
      1. 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 this dimensional map when preparing your site plan.
      2. Delineate and dimension the area proposed for the permit.
      3. Show and label all proposed furniture and appurtenances requested to be placed within the proposed permit area.
      4. Provide north arrow, scale, street name, business address, and business name.
      5. For those restaurants expanding their outdoor dining into a closed-off street:  If you are unable to adhere to minimum ADA accessibility requirements 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.
  4. Email the Application and Site Plan via PDF to the following e-mail address:  joe.susca@culvercity.org

Permitted retail and restaurants using temporarily closed portions of Main Street are required to vacate the roadway for the purpose of conducting the weekly Farmers' Market from 9 am every Tuesday to Wednesday morning when the road will be closed again to vehicles to resume outdoor dining and retail product sales. 

The Engineering Division will advise the applicant once the application has been approved.  The Temporary Public Right-of-Way Permit may then be obtained directly from Engineering. 

This permit will be issued at no fee to the applicant.

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).  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.

If you have any questions regarding the above or the procedure for obtaining an Outdoor Permit, please call the Engineering Division, 310-253-5600 for assistance.

 

OUTDOOR DINING PERMIT

If you would like to apply for a permanent Outdoor Dining Permit, the City of Culver City allows for Outdoor Dining at restaurants through an Outdoor Dining License process described in the attached Outdoor Dining Standards and Procedures. A summary of the process is below:

To complete the application process, follow the simple steps below:

  1. Fill out the application.
  2. Read through the Outdoor Dining Standards and Procedures on the Public Right-Of-Way and follow application procedures based on Standards.
  3. Bring the completed application form, the plans, pictures, and the equipment list to the Engineering counter at City Hall (contact to confirm a date/time).
  4. There is a $750.00 charge for the one-time application fee.
  5. Plan sets (either 8.5 X 11 or 11 X 17 preferred) must be submitted directly to the Engineering Division (Exhibit Example). Plan set Exhibits as outlined in the Standards must include:
    1. Exhibit A – Site plan with inventory of tables and chairs
    2. Exhibit B- Photographs of manufacturers’ cut sheets depicting any physical barriers or design elements, which will be used in the outdoor dining area;
    3. Exhibit C- Photographs of the furniture, which will be used in the outdoor dining area;

The Engineering Division will advise the applicant, once the application has been approved.  The Outdoor Dining Permit may then be obtained directly from Engineering. 

The following will be required at the time of issuance:

  1. A check for the maintenance deposit in the amount of $500.00 (the amount may be higher if physical construction is required);

  2. A check for the annual sidewalk café license fee in the amount calculated in your license agreement ($13.00 per square foot of sidewalk area, per year.) The fee will be collected annually by the Culver City Finance Department.  Initially, the fee is prorated from the time you sign the license agreement through the end of the year.  The following year, and thereafter, you may choose to pay the amount yearly, semi-annually, or monthly.  Monthly billing will carry a moderate processing fee as determined by resolution of City Council.

  3. Proof that your business has liability insurance: $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in the aggregate. (Insurance Example).  

  4. Proof that your business has worker’s compensation insurance as required by State law;

  5. An additional insured endorsement naming the City of Culver City, members if its City Council, boards and commissions, officers, agents, and its employees as additional insured;

  6. A check for a one-time Sewer Facility Charge (SFC.)  This fee is required for all indoor and outdoor dining facilities.  It is generated by both the City of Culver City and the City of Los Angeles for sewage usage and is calculated by the number of seats and the square footage of the dining facility.

  7. Lastly, you will need a Business License from the City of Culver City prior to your start of operations.

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

If you have any questions regarding the above or the procedure for obtaining an Outdoor Dining Permit, please call the Engineering Division, 310-253-5600 and City staff will assist you.