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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Expanded Outdoor Dining

Open Dine In

Kingsburg has moved into Stage 2.5 of the State’s roadmap to recovery.  This includes restaurant dine-in eating.  We  know that following social distancing protocols likely requires businesses to expand dining areas to private outdoor areas, parking lots, public public rights-of-way, and parklets. Businesses interested in expanding their dining areas must review and complete the Outdoor Dining Application and Packet. 

If your business will utilize outdoor space the following stipulations must occur:  

  • The space may be used during normal business operating hours.
  • Tables must be separated by 6 feet. 
  • Maintain ADA and pedestrian access.
  • The space must be well maintained and portable, if possible.

The City will ease permit requirements and waive processing fees so that businesses can quickly apply for these temporary spaces.  The program eases the following requirements from June 3, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020: 

  • Expanded temporary use of parking lots, sidewalks and public/private spaces (with review and approval):
  • Waived Permit Fees
  • Streamlined permitting
  • Additional guidance regarding ADA compliance, hours of operation, etc.

If you have an ABC alcohol license, they have a process for expanding serviceable areas that would require the business to submit a new temporary design, fill out a temporary catering application (https://www.abc.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/forms/ABC218CV19.pdf), and pay a $100 fee.  Multiple licensees can also share outdoor area but must also share responsibility for it. 

If you are interested in expanding your services to outdoor dining, please consider design and layouts that would be feasible for your business.  Contact Economic Development Coordinator Jolene Polyack at jolene@polyack.com or 559-284-2421 for more information. 


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