San Diego businesses face deadline to fix outdoor dining permit violations – CBS News 8

According to the city of San Diego’s director of economic development, the city will start enforcing permit restrictions on Aug. 2.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Tuesday is the last day for San Diego businesses to make sure their outdoor structures follow the city’s permit guidelines. But what happens if they don’t?



The city said it plans to work with businesses that are still trying to roll with the punches of this pandemic. They’re called temporary outdoor business operation permits and they make sidewalk dining possible for all the foodies.

According to the city of San Diego’s director of economic development, the city will start enforcing permit restrictions on Aug. 2. The city inspects more temporary dining structures, like outdoor open-air tent.

The San Diego City Council approved the tension of temporary outdoor dining solutions. Without the extension, those permits were set to expire Tuesday, July 13. If businesses play by the rules, which the city is still working to clarify this week, they can keep this outdoor operations up on places like sidewalks for another year.

Many businesses got creative with social distancing and took advantage of sidewalks or parking lots to keep the customers coming. The city council said it was the right decision to help small businesses still getting back on their feet.

In a statement, Mayor Todd Gloria said he supports this decision, even though these set ups were meant initially to be temporary, he said it’s working out quite nicely for some restaurants so this could end up being more permanent.

The city has issued over 400 temporary outdoor business operation permits since last year.