Outdoor Facility Use

Who is eligible?

  • Any non-essential business, possessing a business license obtained prior to July 15, 2020, that is restricted from normal indoor operations due to the Los Angeles County Health Officer’s Order issued on July 14, 2020 and any subsequent orders, including any industry-specific protocols relevant to the proposed activities
  • City of Sierra Madre-based houses of worship.
  • Please remember that food service and drinking events, or alcohol are not permitted.

How do I apply and is there a fee?

  • The City is now accepting applications.  To expedite the process, applicants are highly recommended to review the application documents and insurance requirements, and have that information ready upon contacting the City.
  • The Community Services Department is ready to assist with received applications.  Please contact Rosemary Garcia, Administrative Analyst by phone at (626) 355-5278 or by email at [email protected] to discuss your application, which facility best meets your needs, and available facility options. City offices are currently closed to the public, but staff is available 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every other Friday. 
  • You will need to provide proof of insurance, including an endorsement naming the City as additionally insured, and a release of liability.
  • An Outdoor Facility Permit is free of charge. 

Are there additional COVID-19 regulations?

  • All State of California and County of Los Angeles regulations and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for COVID-19 must be followed. Please click here to find all protocols provided by the LA County Department of Public Health. 

  • You will need to submit a completed copy of your County of Los Angeles Safe Reopening Protocol as part of the application process and provide a plan to reflect modifications for outdoor operations at a City of Sierra Madre facility. 

  • Per State and County guidance, we recommend that you implement a reservation system to limit the number of attendees. To limit the number of participants, businesses should not accept drop-ins at the time of the class.

Will we need to provide our own equipment?

  • All equipment and supplies will be your responsibility. We ask that you set up and remove all equipment within the approved permit time.

  • As a friendly reminder, we ask that you help us keep our parks pristine. Please remember to place all trash and recycling in the proper receptacles. Though use of the space if fee-free, fines can be assessed for damage to City property or if there is excessive trash and debris at the conclusion of the event.

  • A request for utility connections, including for electricity, water, and gas, should be noted in the application for the Outdoor Facility Permit.

How often can we use the parks or other public space for our activities?

  • Business will be allowed to use designated park space, or other designated public space, based on availability, capacity, and proposed activities. Permits for all activities will not be approved for more than four hours per day and twenty hours per week.

How long is the Outdoor Facility Permit in effect?

  • All permits are automatically terminated once the Los Angeles County Public Health Officer permits the use of indoor spaces for non-essential businesses and houses of worship.