COVID-19 Business Recovery Program

Images of business owners assisting customers for 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 businesses to establish outdoor dining and service areas.

Small Business Grant 

No longer available, the application period has closed on June 24, 2020.

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.

Signage Restriction Rules Relaxed

  • Update - Extended through December 31, 2020
  • 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 Commercial Services Rules Relaxed

  • Updated August 4, 2020 - In addition to allowing restaurants to provide outdoor dining, the policy is now extended to include outdoor operations of hair salons, barbershops, fitness facilities and certain personal care establishments.
  • 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 service areas to help mitigate the impacts of indoor operation restrictions.
  • Temporary outdoor areas may remain in use for as long as the County indoor operations restrictions remain in effect.
  • City Temporary Use Permit application fees and any City building permit fees associated with these outdoor service areas will be waived.
  • Applicants will continue to be subject to LA County Health and Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (if applicable) requirements

Application Requirements 

The is a summary, review Business Recovery Program Outdoor Services Policy for compete requirements.

  • Submit completed COVID-19 Temporary Use Permit form - must be signed by both the 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 service 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.

Information

Community Development Department

Outdoor Commercial Services and Signage Questions

(909) 839-7030
planning@diamondbarca.gov

Grant Information

businessgrant@diamondbarca.gov
(909) 348-8360