LA al Fresco – Outdoor Dining for Restaurants during physical distancing recommendations.

On May 29, Mayor Garcetti launched L.A. Al Fresco to support outdoor dining opportunities for restaurants in coordination with the L.A. County Department of Public Health allowing dine-in service at restaurants.

L.A. Al Fresco aims to help businesses reopen while allowing customers and employees to maintain the physical distance recommended by public health officials by temporarily relaxing the rules that regulate outdoor dining. Through LA Al Fresco, the City will offer streamlined, immediate approval for eligible restaurants to provide outdoor dining in the following areas:

  • Sidewalks
  • Private Parking Lots

The City will collect expressions of interest from restaurants, groups of restaurants, or entities such as BIDs, Business Associations, and Chambers of Commerce to potentially expand the program to the following outdoor areas at a later date:

  • Street Parking Spaces (Parklets)
  • Partial and Full Street Closures

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FAQ

What is L.A. Al Fresco?

L.A. Al Fresco is a temporary program that streamlines requirements and approvals across multiple City departments for outdoor dining on sidewalks and parking lots, potentially expanding to streets at a later date. The program aims to help restaurants reopen while allowing customers and employees to maintain the physical distance recommended by public health officials by temporarily relaxing the rules that regulate outdoor dining.

Who can apply?

The program will be available to all restaurants in the City of L.A.

What options are available?

The Al Fresco options currently include different types of public and private space that may be used for outdoor dining during the COVID-19 emergency:

  • Private parking lots and other outdoor spaces on restaurant property
  • Sidewalks

The City is collecting expressions of interest to expand to the following areas at a future date:

  • Street Parking Spaces (Parklets)
  • Partial Street Closures
  • Street Closures

How soon after applying will I be able to use the space?

Eligible restaurants will immediately receive approval for sidewalks and private parking lots upon application. Restaurants or entities such as BIDs, Business Associations, and Chambers of Commerce can express interest for outdoor dining in parking spaces along the street as well as full or partial closures of streets. These applicants will be notified if the City expands the program to include these spaces.

How long will the temporary allowance last?

The temporary allowance will be valid for 90 days, expiring on September 1, 2020. Restaurants may re-apply for a new temporary allowance after September 1st.

How long will the program last?

L.A. Al Fresco will be available for applications throughout the duration of the Mayor’s Safer at Home order, and temporary allowances will be valid for 90 days, expiring on September 1, 2020. You can learn more about the stages of our response and recovery at the Safer L.A. website.

Will restaurants be able to serve alcohol?

Yes, restaurants with existing alcohol permits will be allowed to serve alcohol within the approved area, subject to approval from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and compliance with a list of standard conditions from the Department of City Planning.

How can I report a business that is not complying with safety standards? 

If you see a business operating in violation of the L.A. Al Fresco rules and without proper social distancing, please call 311.