Expanded Curbside Pickup Zones and Other Business Recovery Measures Approved
November 24, 2020 6:05 PM
In keeping with the City of Santa Monica’s commitment to support local businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, today a 28th supplement to Santa Monica’s local emergency was approved moving additional business operations and recovery measures forward, including expanded curbside pickup zones and activation of the unused portions of the parking lane on Main Street, as well as cleanup measures now that we are into the eighth month of the pandemic.
In June, the City rolled out no-cost permits for use of the public-right-of-way and private outdoor space to accommodate outdoor dining and business operations. While restaurants must suspend in-person dining through December 21, and businesses once again rescale their operations under Los Angeles County’s partial Safer at Home Order due to increased spread of the virus, the City is committed to doing all it can for the business community.
“The City of Santa Monica is committed to working with our local businesses to expand use of the public space, offer free permits and advocate for the financial relief only federal stimulus can provide,” said Interim City Manager and Director of Emergency Services Lane Dilg. “As the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health order takes effect temporarily closing outdoor dining, we ask our community to please continue rallying around beloved local businesses by buying local through takeout, curbside, and delivery options.”
Specific to business operations, the 28th supplement:
- Authorizes the City to enter into temporary encroachment agreements with Santa Monica retail and other non-restaurant businesses that submit a no-fee application to utilize the unused portions of the parking lane on Main Street where the City has placed K-rails.
- Waives the permit fee for tents larger than 400 square feet for any special event permit filed with the Santa Monica Fire Department in connection with a temporary use authorized by Sections 1 to 10 of this supplement relating to the temporary Main Street expansion or Sections 19 to 78 of the Third Revised Eighteenth Supplement relating to the temporary use of sidewalks, parklets, and private outdoor space.
- Expands temporary curbside pickup zones by allowing the designation and use of on-street parking spaces where no metered spaces are adjacent to the business.
The 28th supplement also cleans up earlier timelines and emergency orders. Specifically, it:
- Clarifies that the two-year extension of deadlines for planning, review, and permit actions implemented by the Third Revised Eighteenth Supplement does not extend the deadlines for appeals as set forth in Articles VIII and IX of the Santa Monica Municipal Code.
- Authorizes voluntary temporary disconnection of City water service for commercial property accounts, excluding fire service accounts, upon payment of a temporary disconnection fee of $208.00.
- Clarifies that landlords’ service of required Notices of Terminations of Tenancy in accordance with instructions from the Rent Control Board upon its acceptance of a notice of intent to Ellis a building will not violate the eviction moratorium, while specifying that no unlawful detainer action based on removal of a unit from the rental market pursuant to the Ellis Act may be filed until sixty days after the expiration of this Order.
- Extends the suspensions of water service shut off and imposition of late payment penalties for unpaid or delinquent water, sewer, and/or refuse and recycling collection bills through March 31, 2021.
For the latest information, please visit santamonica.gov/coronavirus, or call the City’s Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 458-8400.