LOS ANGELES, CA- Today the Los Angeles City Council unanimously supported Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s measure to extend expiring conditional use permits (CUP) and cut other bureaucratic hurdles to help local businesses survive. The City of LA does not have unlimited resources to assist small businesses. However, following Councilmember Blumenfield’s lead, the City has now taken steps to eliminate some financial and regulatory burdens on local businesses affected by the Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Declaration.
“As the COVID-19 crisis continues to leave many of our small businesses vulnerable to closure, now is the time to cut the red tape and do everything we can to help empower our local restaurants so they can thrive” said Blumenfield. “Local businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and during this emergency, I don't want to see Planning permits get in the way of these stores that are providing essential services.”
Blumenfield’s motion specifically calls to:
- Extend all expiring conditional use permits for a period of 12 months after expiration of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
- Suspend any requirement that a property owner or business provide additional parking in connection with a change of use in an existing structure
- Suspend any condition requiring a property owner or business to provide off-site or valet parking
All of these actions have sunset clauses between 6 months and one year after the end of the Emergency Declaration.