San Diego Neighborhood Use Permits Attorneys

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Restaurant and Hospitality Lawyers

Walking around downtown San Diego or any part of the area one will quickly realize that eating al fresco is a way of life. In order for a bar or restaurant to set up tables and chairs on the sidewalk and serve patrons outside, however, the restaurant has to obtain a neighborhood use permit for a sidewalk café. At Martinez & Schill LLP, our San Diego neighborhood use permit attorneys assist businesses in obtaining a neighborhood use permit in a timely and efficient manner.

Neighborhood Use Permits for Sidewalk Cafés in San Diego

If you plan on setting up a sidewalk café within the public right-of-way, you will need a neighborhood use permit. Applying for this permit is rather straightforward, but you will need to supply a number of supplemental materials to meet with local requirements. These materials may include but are not limited to:

  • Photographic survey;
  • Public notice package;
  • Development summary (including proposed improvements, zoning designation, adjacent businesses information, etc.);
  • Site plan (dimensioned drawing of the layout of the sidewalk café including the various distances between other businesses, sidewalks, means of egress from the building, etc.); and
  • Elevation plan (dimensioned drawing of the front façade of the building including any umbrellas, awnings, propane heaters, etc.).

There are numerous requirements that must be satisfied in order for the application and materials to be accepted. In some cases it may involve getting appraisals and surveys done by professionals at your expense. You may also have to present your application at a public hearing. 

Making sure that all of your i’s are dotted and your t’s are crossed can be a time-consuming process, and minor mistakes can cause significant delays that you cannot afford. Our San Diego neighborhood use permit attorneys can help smooth out the process and make sure that everything is done properly the first time.

If you are in need of a neighborhood use permit, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation. We will discuss the permit application process and answer any questions you may have. We also assist businesses in the hospitality industry with obtaining entertainment permits. Our office is located in downtown San Diego and we assist clients throughout Southern California. 

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