Transition to a Permanent Al Fresco
In May 2020 the City introduced a new program, LA Al Fresco, to allow for expanded outdoor dining activities for qualifying food establishments. The Al Fresco program was created through the Mayor’s local emergency powers as a temporary program to aid owners of local food establishments who were adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic due to the related public health restrictions. The program offered a pathway to create outdoor dining areas in the public right-of-way and on private property without requiring most of the current regulations in the Zoning Code. This created a lifeline for many businesses, and was implemented with a streamlined process and minimal cost to participants.
The response to the Al Fresco program has been overwhelmingly positive, and over 2,500 participants have taken advantage of the program since it was introduced. The program has enabled many of these local businesses to keep their doors open, and help to inject a new vibrancy and energy into our commercial corridors at a time when many of these areas are suffering from the impacts of the pandemic. The success of the program has resulted in a desire and direction from the City Council to establish a permanent Al Fresco program which will reimagine outdoor dining regulations in the Zoning Code (CF 20-1074). The City Council adopted these instructions in March of this year.
Los Angeles City Planning has been directed to amend the Zoning Code to allow for expanded outdoor dining and streamline existing outdoor dining provisions in the Zoning Code. These efforts will be focused on private property*. Concurrent efforts are underway by LADOT to draft regulations to permit in-street and curbside dining, and by the Bureau of Engineering to permit expanded sidewalk dining. These collective efforts will provide for a comprehensive transition from the LA Al Fresco program to permanent expanded outdoor dining opportunities.
This webpage will serve as a resource for current Al Fresco participants, businesses and community stakeholders on the proposed ordinance, and will be updated as outreach continues and draft regulations are proposed.
*Links are to current Al Fresco regulations for each type of outdoor dining, and are provided for informational purposes only
Outdoor Dining Surveys
Thank you to the over 2000 individuals and businesses that took the time to complete the survey. A summary of the Participant survey results can be found here - Temporary Al Fresco Participant Survey Results. The General survey results will be provided at a later date.
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