City Council Makes Pandemic-Era Zoning Changes Permanent to Support Business Success in Santa Monica

October 12, 2022 9:14 AM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Last night, the Santa Monica City Council permanently adopted two Interim Zoning Ordinances first enacted in 2020 to reduce regulatory barriers in support of small, local businesses. Since adoption in May 2020, the zoning changes have provided much-needed support and flexibility to existing and new restaurant, retail, personal service, and fitness businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, critical to the City’s economic recovery. As permanently adopted, these zoning changes will provide greater certainty and predictability for property owners and their existing tenants, along with prospective businesses considering locating in Santa Monica.

The changes affect existing businesses in the Third Street Promenade area and the major commercial districts in the City. The Third Street Promenade changes support the goals of creating a more vibrant experience through increased opportunities for nightlife, entertainment, and flexibility to experiment with different uses. Here are the changes:

Eliminate One-Year Rule for Abandonment of Legal Non-Conforming Use for Retail and Restaurant Uses

Citywide and Third Street Promenade Changes

Requirements to Provide Additional Parking and New Loading Spaces

Citywide Changes

Third Street Promenade Changes

Reduce Restrictions on Restaurant Size

Citywide Changes

Third Street Promenade Changes

Relaxed Alcohol Service Regulations

Citywide Changes

Third Street Promenade Changes

Santa Monica Pier Changes

Alcohol Exemption criteria and conditions were established specifically for the Santa Monica Pier with minor differences:

Other Changes to the Third Street Promenade Area

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City Council