Santa Monica Extends Use of Outdoor Commercial Space

August 19, 2020 8:55 AM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Today, the City of Santa Monica issued a third revised 18th supplement to Santa Monica’s local emergency declaration extending the use of outdoor commercial spaces. The supplement authorizes additional uses of outdoor space and provides greater clarity to local businesses around furnishings and materials as outdoor dining, retail, and services expand to safely bring Santa Monica’s vibrant local business offerings to the community. The supplement further authorizes such uses through the duration of LA County’s Safer at Home Order, plus an additional 30 days, so long as businesses either enter into an encroachment agreement with or obtain a permit from the City. All businesses must enter into new agreements with the City by September 7 (the date the second revised 18th supplement was set to expire) to continue to use the public right-of-way and obtain a permit to continue to use their private outdoor space. These efforts are being led by the Santa Monica Economic Recovery Task Force in partnership with Santa Monica’s business improvement districts and community partners. 

We thank our businesses for their continued compliance with the LA County guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These are made available at 

Among other things, the revised supplement: 

This revision to the 18th supplement authorizes the use of sidewalk, parklet, and private outdoor space through the duration of LA County’s Safer at Home Order, plus an additional 30 days. Other provisions in the revised 18th supplement expire on earlier dates. 

The application to renew will be online at the temporary outdoor use website at Businesses can also submit interest to borrow outdoor commercial zone materials from the City. For questions or to submit your application, email the City at 

For additional questions about all efforts to expand outdoor experiences in Santa Monica, contact the City of Santa Monica’s hotline at (310) 458-8400 or Sign up for emergency alerts by texting SMALERT to 888-777 and regular email updates 


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