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Recent guidance from the State of California requires the closure of indoor operations for all dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, and cardrooms. This guidance from the State applies for a minimum of three weeks and is subject to an extension based on epidemiologic indicators.

The City of Victorville values your business and we want to make every effort to help your establishment remain in operation with modified adjustments. Victorville staff is standing by to help your restaurant business open with an outdoor operation, particularly using public sidewalks or parking lots.

The following is a list of guidelines that your business can use to continue operating in an outdoor environment.

Tents/Canopies can be Accommodated

  • Any tent (2 Sidewalls or more) or combined tents totaling less than 400 square feet in size do not require a permit from the City of Victorville.
    •  No more than 2 side walls shall be allowed for outside dining purposes.
  • Any canopy (No Sidewalls) or combined canopies totaling less than 700 square feet in size do not require a permit from the City of Victorville.
  • All Canopies or tents shall be properly designed and installed with anchors to withstand winds and prevent from collapsing.
  • A fire extinguisher is required within each tent or canopy. Additional fire extinguishers are required for spans over 75 feet.
  • Cooking shall not be allowed in tents or canopies.
  • All tents and canopies shall be made of flame-resistant fabric that is approved and listed by the State of California Fire Marshal.
  • For more detailed information, please contact the City of Victorville’s Fire Prevention office at (760) 955-5227.

Outside Service of Alcohol

  • Any restaurant wishing to serve alcoholic beverages outside shall contact the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to obtain any necessary permits and shall comply with all ABC guidelines. If ABC requires City authorization, please utilize this approval letter.

Additional Guidance

  • Outdoor dining areas should not block required Fire Department access.
  • Outdoor dining areas should not block ADA paths of travel or ADA parking spaces.
    No more than half of the required parking spaces may be obstructed by the outdoor dining area.
  • All outdoor dining areas should be properly delineated with cones or some other means of identifying the separated space from the rest of the property.
  • The outdoor dining area may not encroach into the Public Right-of-Way without the approval of the City’s Engineering Department.
  • Tables shall be safely and appropriately arranged such that each table is at least six feet away from another in all directions.

For questions or for a courtesy review of your plan for outdoor dining please contact the Planning Division at (760) 955-5135 or