May 31 Property Damage Business Resources
The City of Santa Monica Economic Recovery Task Force has compiled these resources for business owners impacted by the civil unrest on Sunday, May 31.
For Businesses Impacted by Civil Unrest
- Answer 'no' to all questions except #3. Submit other evidence to email@example.com
- Permit and plan review fees for "Civil Unrest" permits will be waived (free) for applications submitted by August 4, 2020.
- Civil unrest repair permits may get a waiver from ARB or Landmarks review provided replacements with like materials. >>Repair FAQs
Price Gouging for Construction Repairs is not allowed
Disaster Relief Property Tax Reduction (LA County)
Property Damage Repairs FAQs
Who should I contact to remove graffiti?
- Call the City’s Graffiti Hotline at (310) 458-2231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report graffiti. Graffiti on public property (bus benches, trash dumpsters, etc.) or on private property (with a signed waiver) can be removed by the City’s graffiti removal team.
Who can help with emergency window and glass repair?
- Start with this: >>Link to Downtown Santa Monica Inc.’s list
- Coming soon: Local Vendors specializing in storefront improvements including painting (see above for paint donation)
Pulling Civil Unrest Permit for Repairs
What types of repairs require a building permit?
- The replacement of window glass, which does not include the repair, alteration, or replacement of the window frame.
- Reconfiguration and replacement of damaged interior shelving and/or counters as long as they do not exceed 5' 9" in height.
- Finish work (painting, papering, texture coating).
- The repair/replacement of doors and glass storefronts, and the alteration of any mechanical, electrical, or plumbing systems or fixtures.
What is a Civil Unrest Express permit - and how can it help me?
Impacted businesses can apply for a FREE, same-day, paperless Civil Unrest express permit at www.epermits.smgov.net/citizenaccess.
The types of projects that are eligible for the express permit are:
- Work to solely repair damage directly associated with the civil unrest of May 30, 2020;
- Repair work that consists of the replacement of existing materials with like materials of comparable quality, texture, and craftsmanship; and
- Repair work on a building that is not a City-Designated Historic Resource
Projects that do not qualify for an express permit shall obtain a building permit through the normal building permit process; however, review of projects related to the civil unrest will be given priority processing. For assistance with obtaining City building permits, contact 310.458.8355 or email@example.com.
Exceptions to Architectural Review Board (ARB) or Landmarks Commission Approval
Will I be required to submit my permit application through ARB or Landmarks in order to repair my storefront?
Securing My Business
Can I secure my building in the interim while I obtain a building permit?
Yes, structures damaged in the civil unrest may be temporarily boarded up and secured until funding is secured and City approvals are obtained.
What are the City’s requirements for installing storefront security gates?
A building permit is required to install, repair, and replace security gates. The installation of security gates is permitted on the interior only behind any storefront glass.
Free Assistance for Small Businesses
Small Business Development Development Center
- Phone: (310) 225-8277
- Services include:
- Assistance with filing insurance claims, inventory/stock control, guidance to rebuild supply chains, business security guidance, access to capital, crowdfunding, social media, business planning and recovery, cash flow analysis, and accounting issues
California Department of Insurance
- Phone: (800) 927-4357
- Services include: Tips for filing claims and helping businesses work with their insurers to achieve a fair settlement.