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Surf City Open Air Dining Program - Now Accepting Applications!
posted on 07/19/2020.

As a result of COVID-19, the Governor's Order to prohibit indoor dining, and to promote social distancing, the City has created expedited permit processes, FREE OF CHARGE, to allow food service businesses to temporarily expand outdoors.

Expanding onto PRIVATE property (shopping centers, private parking lots, etc.)

Complete a Temporary Emergency Use Permit.  Once complete, submit the application via one of the following ways:

  • E-mail your application to [email protected]
  • Submit it online via the electronic portal
  • Drop it off at one of the black collection bins outside of City Hall

Turnaround time is typically 1 week. There is no fee for this application.  For additional information call (714) 536-5241 or email [email protected].

Expanding into PUBLIC property (sidewalks, public parking spaces, etc.)

Complete an Outdoor Dining Encroachment Permit. Once complete, submit the application via one of the following ways:

  • E-mail your application to [email protected]
  • Submit it online via the electronic portal
  • Deliver it in person by scheduling an appointment with the Public Works Department by calling (714) 536-5431

Turnaround time is typically 1 week. There is no fee for this application.  For additional information call (714) 536-5431 or e-mail [email protected]

For businesses with an existing ABC Alcohol license ONLY

Complete a Temporary Catering Authorization Application from Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC). Once the application is complete, submit it to the ABC Santa Ana Office at 2 MacAurthur Place, Suite 200, Santa Ana, CA  92707, (657) 205-3533.  Turnaround time is typically 5 days but may vary. The cost for the application is $100.

For additional questions, you may contact:

ABC (alcohol licensing questions)
2 MacAurthur Place, Suite 200
Santa Ana, CA  92707
(657) 205-3533
Email:  [email protected]

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Additional resources for business operations during the pandemic can be found at www.hbready.com/reopen, including the County’s guidelines for social distancing, masks, etc.  Another resource is http://www.hbbiz.com/services/covid-19-business-resources.



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