COVID-19 Business Recovery Program
The City has launched a multi-component Business Recovery Program to help Diamond Bar businesses respond to opportunities and challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program’s three components are small business grants, signage restriction rules relaxed and allowing restaurants to establishment outdoor dining areas.
Small Business Grant
No longer available, the application period has closed.
In an effort to support Diamond Bar’s small, locally-owned businesses, the City is awarding one-time grants of $5,000 to help eligible business owners weather the economic hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This grant program has a two-day application window and the process will be strictly online. Applications will be accepted starting promptly at 9 a.m.on Monday, June 22 and until 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. Find more details on the grant web page.
Signage Restriction Rules Relaxed
- Starting June 2 to August 30, 2020, the City will suspend temporary sign regulations so businesses and property owners will not be penalized for installing temporary sings without permits or that do not fully comply with the standards outlined in the Diamond Bar Municipal Code.
- Restrictions on signs within public rights-of-way and City property, on rooftops, and signs extending above the heights of buildings on the same site remain in effect to avoid excessive clutter and interference with traffic safety.
- Shopping center owners are encouraged to consider installing joint or center-wide banners at prominent corners and center entrances to provide a cohesive appearance and reduce sign clutter.
The is a summary, review Signage Relaxed Rules Policy for compete requirements.
Outdoor Dining Rules Relaxed
- In conjunction with measures put in place by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the City has implemented a streamlined permitting process for the establishment of outdoor dining areas for restaurants to help mitigate the occupancy reductions of indoor dining spaces.
- Temporary outdoor dining areas may remain in use for as long as the County indoor seating capacity reductions remain in effect.
- City Temporary Use Permit application fees and any City building permit fees associated with these outdoor dining areas will be waived.
- Applicants will continue to be subject to LA County Health and Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (if applicable) requirements
The is a summary, review Outdoor Dining Policy for compete requirements.
- Submit completed COVID-19 Temporary Use Permit form - must be signed by both the restaurant applicant and the property owner/center management company
- Include a site plan, (may be hand-drawn), that indicates location of seating area with seating layout of tables, chairs, trash receptacles, heaters, shade structures and other proposed site amenities. Tents or canopies that cover an area great than 120 square feet require a permit from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
- For outdoor dining area is in a parking lot, it must include barriers or other methods to protect seating area and does not create a vehicular circulation conflict within the parking lot.
- To operate outdoor seating during non daylight hours, state how lights or other methods will be used to ensure drivers are aware of and can avoid the outdoor dining area.
- Outdoor may not be used for activities that would promote congregating, including by not limited to standing areas, live music, outdoor games, movies, music over loud speakers, and broadcast sports.
- Outdoor areas must be ADA compliant, allow for emergency vehicle access and adhere to all Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Public Health Department and Department of Alcohol Beverage Control requirements.
Expedited Approval Process
Once received, application will be reviewed and applicant will be contacted within three business days. Before temporary improvements are installed, the applicant must receive approval from City and after installation schedule an inspection with the City to ensure compliance.