COVID-19 Reopening Permits

The City of Pasadena implemented various expedited procedures in response to COVI-19 to facilitate the rapid re-opening of qualified dining and retail establishments. Although the pandemic has ended, the following expedited permit is still available for qualified businesses:

For questions related to these permit applications, please email gnunez@cityofpasadena.net or you can also leave a voicemail at (626) 744-7634. For general questions regarding the re-openings, social distancing, business protocols, health and safety requirements and other COVID-19 questions not related to these applications, contact Environmental Health at (626) 744-6005.

In response to the business re-openings, the City has implemented a temporary administrative process for approval of alcohol licenses for qualified restaurants. Projects which fall into the following threshold will be qualified for an administrative CUP approval which shall be expedited, without a public hearing, for the serving of alcohol for on-site consumption.

  1. New restaurants wanting to serve alcohol for on or off-site consumption.
  2. Existing restaurants wanting to begin serving alcohol for on or off-site consumption that were not before. 
  3. Restaurants wanting to modify an existing alcohol CUP.
  4. Businesses that operate as or plan to operate as a bar without a restaurant component are not eligible for this administrative CUP approval. (Refer to the definition for ‘restaurant’ in Section 17.80.020 of the Zoning Code.)

Qualified applicants can begin the CUP process online using this portal. Under the Administrative CUP for Alcohol Sales process, qualified restaurants with complete and code-compliant CUP applications will be reviewed via an expedited process. To begin the process, complete the following information and upload your application and the required supplemental forms. You will be contacted once your case has been entered with the amount due for the application fees; these fees must be paid in order for the review process to commence.

Fees: $ 5,875 application fee + $236 Categorical Exemption fee + a 3% records management fee will be collected after your application is received. Refer to Planning fee schedule. For modification of an existing alcohol CUP, please contact the Planner of the Day at ZoningQuestions@cityofpasadena.net for applicable fees.

Note that this is an application to schedule an appointment for in-person submission only. Electronic plan check submission is not currently available.

Note that this is an application to schedule an appointment for in-person submission only. Electronic plan check submission is not currently available.