Outdoor Dining

Outdoor dining update

Background

The City of Tustin will consider amending the City's outdoor dining regulations to increase restaurants' ability to provide outdoor dining and seating areas while maintaining an attractive design and protecting the public interest. City staff used the results of an extensive outreach effort to craft the proposed amendments. This effort resulted in over 1,400 responses where members of the public shared their experiences using or operating temporary outdoor dining areas. The temporary measures were put in place in response to the pandemic and would end on December 31, 2022 if the proposed amendments are approved. 

Opportunities to provide feedback on the proposed amendment is ongoing and information on how to submit your comments can be found in the Feedback Section of this page. 

Next Steps

Beginning in July, the Tustin Planning Commission and City Council will consider the proposed amendments, and more information on the public process is provided below:

Key highlights of the proposed Outdoor Dining Regulations

The proposed amendment would allow for three types of outdoor dining experiences as listed below: 

  1. Outdoor Dining Area: A permanently improved, separately identifiable outdoor dining area. Commonly includes enhanced flooring or decking, decorative fencing or planters, and furnishings. Requires review and approval by the Community Development Department.
  2. Outdoor Seating Area: Includes portable chairs, tables, and furnishings setup next to or near the restaurant. Does not include permanent improvements. No permit required, but the area would need to comply with the requirements described in the proposed amendment.
  3. Dining in the Public Right-of-Way: One or both of the above-mentioned outdoor dining categories provided within the public right-of-way (sidewalk, street, etc.). Requires coordination with, and approval of, a License Agreement from the Public Works Department in addition to the typical requirements for either outdoor dining category. 

The proposed amendment includes provisions that would increase the maximum number of chairs that an outdoor dining and seating area can have before additional parking would be required. 

Restaurants located in a commercial center of 30,000 square feet or more - such as the Tustin Marketplace and District - can convert up to three (3) parking spaces into part of an Outdoor Dining Area without needing to replace them. Additional parking reductions can be requested through a Conditional Use Permit application subject to Zoning Administrator review and approval.

Feedback

We encourage your feedback on the proposed ordinance. Should you have questions or comments, please contact Assistant Planner Jorge Maldonado at Jmaldonado@TustinCA.org or (714) 573-3174.

Additional Background INformation and Resources

>> Temporary Outdoor Dining Program
>> Outdoor Dining Ordinance Update - Planning Commission Meeting July 12, 2022

Outdoor Dining Flyer - CC