In L.A.:Legal for businesses to put out umbrellas, tables and chairs on the sidewalk where you can barely squeeze by?

Asked over 1 year ago - Los Angeles, CA

I live behind a liquor store who started with an umbrella, table and chairs next to his building and has now did the same toward the curb. This is in addition to a sign for passing cars advertising his store. He is copying several other businesses on this block doing the same thing. A coffee shop set up so much stuff that with the bus stop bench there, you practically have to walk on the street to get by.

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  1. Christine C McCall


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Food sellers and other retailers must have permits for sidewalk seating and/or serving, and the space and number of seats and tables is strictly limited. Contact your local police department or the staff-person for constituent services in your City Council district and ask that the retailer's encroachment be compared with the authorization on file for that use by that address. If the retailer's use of sidewalk space is within the allowed authorization, ask your city council district office to consider whether the authorization needs to be scaled back.

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  2. Cloyd Erdman Havens II

    Contributor Level 7


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    Answered . If you are concerned that this is a public safety hazard, you should report it to Code Enforcement or the police department. They will know whether this is allowed, and will make the owners stop if it is not.

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  3. Dotty Elaine Lemieux

    Contributor Level 11


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    Answered . Agree with the others, but add that if they are serving liquor, there may be special rules that apply that may not be applicable to other eateries, even if they do allow sidewalk seating. So check that angle as well.

    Good luck.

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