The City’s Outdoor Operations Program is designed 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 operations. Businesses that may be eligible for outdoor operations include restaurants, gyms, hair salons, and barbershops.
The City does not require a permit or application for outdoor operations on private property, including parking lots and public spaces within shopping centers. An application must be submitted and an encroachment permit issued by the City for any outdoor operations that take place in the public right-of-way (i.e. public sidewalk).
Who should apply?
The program will be available to all businesses in the City of Lancaster who are permitted by the State of California and County of Los Angeles public health order to operate outdoors. Businesses only need to apply if the outdoor operations will take place on the public sidewalk.
I want to operate my business in the parking lot, do I need to apply and get a permit?
Outdoor operations are permissible on private property throughout the City. However, businesses are required to follow existing regulations, including adequate ADA access; health codes; fire safety codes; and the public health orders in effect at that time.
I want to use a tent, canopy or shade structure. Is that allowed?
Yes, but it may require Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) approval. Canopies larger than 700 square feet and tents larger than 400 square feet need LACoFD approval. Please call the Fire Prevention Office at (661) 949-6319 for more information.
How soon after applying will I be able to use the space?
Eligible businesses will receive approval for sidewalks within 24 hours of application during the business week.
How long will the temporary allowance last?
The temporary allowance will be valid through the end of the City of Lancaster State of Emergency declaration related to COVID-19.
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 City’s Planning Division.
All restaurants conducting outdoor dining will continue to be required to follow existing regulations, including adequate ADA access; health codes; fire safety codes; and the public health orders in effect at that time.
The State of California COVID-19 Industry Guidance documents may be found here: