Outdoor Dining Guidelines Released

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– With temporary restrictions now in place on certain indoor business operations, including indoor dining, we have announced the following guidelines for businesses in unincorporated areas that wish to temporarily relocate indoor seating from a permitted facility for outdoor COVID-compliant dining:

  • These guidelines apply to businesses in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Businesses within a specific city need to understand that city’s specific requirements.
  • Due to the temporary nature of the restrictions, relocating indoor seating to outdoors will be considered in substantial conformance with existing County permits. Only a courtesy COVID compliance/safety inspection is required.
  • A maximum of 50% on-site parking spaces may be converted to dining space.
  • Outdoor seating must maintain six feet of separation between tables.
  • Outdoor dining must not encroach into drive aisles, or conflict with any vehicle traffic or pedestrian access to the facility.
  • Encroachment permits are required for any obstruction in public right-of-way.
  • Other permit requirements, including hours of operation, remain in effect.
  • Outdoor dining must not impede disabled access.
  • CAL/OSHA and Department of Public Health requirements remain in effect.
  • Temporary authorization from ABC is required for outdoor alcohol service.
  • Contact County Code Enforcement at (909) 884-4056 for a courtesy inspection.

If you have any questions about these requirements before calling for an inspection, please go online or contact the Planning Division at (909) 387-8311.

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