COVID-19 Business Resources
New operating hours for City offices
Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (remote service only)
Starting July 10, City Hall and the Public Works Administrative Office will provide remote service to the public Monday through Thursday each week. City Hall will no longer provide remote services to the public on Fridays.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Del Mar Civic Center and Public Works headquarters remain closed to the public for in-person service. City staff is available by phone and email from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
County launches Small Business Stimulus Grant Program
The County of San Diego has launched a Small Business Stimulus Grant Program to help local businesses and restaurants that suffered losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses and restaurants can apply for County grants funded by the federal CARES Act.
To qualify businesses must have:
- 100 or fewer employees;
- Headquarters in San Diego County;
- A minimum 1-year operating history as of Feb. 14, 2020; and
- Documentation of financial hardship because of COVID-19.
County offering weekly briefings for businesses
The County of San Diego is hosting weekly briefings for businesses to cover rules for reopening and related matters. Participants join the meeting online or by phone for listening only. Business owners are encouraged to submit questions in advance. Online participants can ask questions using the chat feature. The hour-long meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays.
Council approves urgency ordinance for A-frame signs
The City Council on June 1 adopted an urgency ordinance to streamline the placement of temporary A-frame signage within the public right-of-way in commercial zones. Under the ordinance, any business without an approved A-frame sign can request an administrative approval. Businesses with approved A-frame signs can request permission to move them onto the public right-of-way. The urgency ordinance is effective immediately and expires Oct. 6.
$10,000 approved for business grants
As Del Mar moves toward economic recovery, business owners are encouraged to take advantage of temporary tools to assist reopening – and boost sales -- at their restaurants and stores.
The City Council on June 1 approved setting aside $10,000 for grants of up to $500 each to assist businesses in their reopening. The grants offset the cost of sidewalk café permits and permits for temporary outdoor service and sales.
The funding source is the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Reopening a business? Take advantage of temporary tools
As Del Mar moves toward economic recovery, business owners are encouraged to take advantage of temporary tools to assist reopening – and boost sales -- at restaurants and stores. The City has approved temporary allowances for:
- Curbside or drive-through service;
- Outdoor service and sales;
- Sidewalk café permits;
- Increased signage; and
- Mobile vending.
Every business is different, especially in a unique city like Del Mar. To address individual circumstances, City staff members can work one-on-one with business owners and managers. Contact the Planning and Community Development Department: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council approves business support as State approves in-person dining, shopping
The City Council approved initiatives to support local businesses May 18, ahead of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement May 20 that restaurants and stores could open for limited, in-person dining and shopping.
To help restaurants and retailers affected by COVID-19, the council approved:
- Forwarding $25,000 of assumed transient occupancy tax revenue to Del Mar Village Association to promote economic development;
- Posting placards in downtown Del Mar reminding the public of social distancing protocols;
- Posting temporary signs to convert a number of two-hour parking spaces to 20-minute spaces to facilitate businesses running curbside pickup operations; and
- Preparing an urgency ordinance to streamline permitting to allow placement of A-frame commercial signage in the public right-of-way.
Del Mar adopts moratorium on commercial evictions
The City Council voted unanimously April 6 to establish a temporary moratorium on evictions of commercial tenants for non-payment because of income losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The urgency ordinance is effective immediately and will remain in place through May 31, until Gov. Gavin Newsom withdraws the statewide stay-at-home order, or whichever occurs first. If needed, the Council can extend the duration of the urgency ordinance.
Aimed to assist business owners, the moratorium in Del Mar is modeled after Newsom’s March 27 executive order prohibiting evictions of residential tenants.
Nothing in Del Mar’s ordinance would prevent a tenant who is able to pay all or some of the rent due from paying that rent in a timely manner or relieve a tenant of liability for unpaid rent after the expiration of the ordinance.
During the moratorium, tenants are encouraged to discuss with their landlords the impacts of COVID-19 on their income, explore outside assistance programs, and negotiate a reasonable payment plan.
Open the Urgency Ordinance (PDF)
Del Mar relaxes signage rules to assist businesses
Del Mar is allowing businesses to increase the size and extend the duration of temporary commercial signage in an effort to support merchants and reduce potential vacancies during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 6, the City Council unanimously approved an urgency ordinance to allow temporary commercial signs of up to 32 square feet in all commercial zones, including the Del Mar Plaza and L’Auberge Del Mar.
The signage can be displayed for the duration of the urgency ordinance, which is effective immediately and set to expire Oct. 6, 2020.
Existing rules allow for temporary commercial signs of up to six square feet to be displayed for up to 60 days annually without a permit. The 60-day allowance would re-commence at the conclusion of the urgency ordinance; temporary signs displayed during the term of the urgency ordinance would not count against the 60-day annual limit.
Temporary signage can be posted without City permits but may not be placed within the public right-of-way. All A-frame signs must continue to comply with the City’s sign code.
Free permitting for businesses to offer carry-out goods
The City of Del Mar is issuing free Temporary Use Permits to any restaurant or retail-related business that wishes to sell food, beverages or other goods to the public in a drive-through or carry-out manner.
The Temporary Use Permit will remain valid during the Local Emergency proclaimed by the City Council March 14, 2020,or until by further restrictions are imposed by the County or State.
Download a Temporary Use Permit application (PDF): https://www.delmar.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/3829/Temporary-Use-Permit-Checklist-PDF
Fees will not be required. Email completed forms and direct questions to Adriana Jaramishian: 858-755-9313 or email@example.com
U.S. Small Business Administration
Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention
Department of Labor OSHA
Internal Revenue Service
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
California Employment Development Department
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Department of Industrial Relations
Department of Tax and Fee Administration
Department of Public Health
Franchise Tax Board
Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
California State Treasurer
Del Mar Village Association