Outdoor dining extends restaurant seating and enlivens the sidewalk environment. It puts activity and eyes on the street, creating a greater sense of safety and community. In order to have sidewalk dining in the City of Los Angeles, a restaurant is required to obtain a Revocable (R) Permit from the Bureau of Engineering.
This form can be filled and submitted online at http://engpermits.lacity.org/rpermits or submitted at or mailed to the West Los Angeles District Office.
What is an R-Permit?
The purpose of the Revocable (R) Permit is to grant a conditional encroachment of the public right-of-way by private parties not authorized to occupy the right- of-way.
The Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC), Section 62.118.2 provides for the issuance of an R-Permit. “Where the City Engineer finds that a building, structure, or improvement maintained or proposed to be constructed within the public street will not interfere with the maintenance or use of the street…”