The Los Angeles City Council adopted a motion (Council File #: 17-0981) directing the Department of City Planning (DCP) to recommend a path for shortened processing time and lowered costs for restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages. Currently, it takes about six months for restaurants to obtain a Conditional Use Permit for alcoholic beverages (CUB), the City approval required to be able to serve alcoholic beverages, at a cost of about $12,500. DCP has responded with the proposed ordinance that will be considered by the City Planning Commission (CPC) and the City Council.
In response to a request by the City Council, the Department of City Planning is proposing an ordinance to shorten processing times and lower costs for certain sit-down restaurants to be able to serve alcoholic beverages. This will help facilitate the creation of new jobs for an industry that plays a vitally important role in the City’s economy, employing more than 380,000 people and generating in excess of $200 million in tax revenues on an annual basis.
For businesses to be eligible for this program, they must meet more than 30 proposed criteria, which include the following:
- Must be a restaurant with an operational kitchen and full menu;
- Daily hours of operation limited to the hours between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.;
- No live entertainment, including dancing, karaoke, or a DJ;
- No outdoor TV monitors or music. Only ambient indoor music allowed;
- Restaurant cannot be take-out or delivery-only. It must offer seated dining;
- Restaurants cannot be drive-through fast food establishments; and
- Adherence to a number of other limitations and requirements.
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