Resources for Arcadia Businesses
As small businesses across the country are grappling with the current and potential impacts associated with COVID-19, the City is continuing to track the latest developments from local, state, and federal agencies. On this page, you will find up-to-date resources from the City and outside organizations. This page will be updated frequently as new information and resources become available.
If you have questions, please call us at (626) 574-5409 and we will connect you with the best available resources for your specific needs.
Commercial Tenant Eviction Moratorium
The Los Angeles County (“County”) Temporary Eviction Moratorium (“Moratorium”), effective March 4, 2020 through September 30, 2021, implements a Countywide ban on evictions for residential and commercial tenants. Commercial tenants are responsible for providing notice to their landlord if they are unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic within seven (7) days after rent is due, unless extenuating circumstances exist. Tenants with nine (9) employees or fewer may self-certify their inability to pay rent to their landlord, either orally or in writing. Tenants with 10 or more, but fewer than 100, employees will need to provide written documentation that demonstrates inability to pay rent due to financial hardship related to COVID-19 to their landlord. If they are able to do so, Tenants are encouraged to pay partial rent during the Moratorium. For more information visit https://dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions/
Flexible Outdoor Seating Guidelines for Restaurants and Other Businesses
The City of Arcadia has issued a Proclamation, effective immediately, to allow expanded outdoor seating for businesses during the COVID-19 local emergency. Businesses may now obtain a no-fee permit to expand customer seating onto public sidewalks, private parking lots and walkways, and other areas adjacent to their place of business.
- Temporary Use Permit (Outdoor Activities) – Temporary Dining or Uses on Private Property
- Incidental Outdoor Dining – Permanent Dining Area on Private Property
- Sidewalk Dining – Temporary Seating or Dining on the City’s Sidewalk
- Arcadia Fire Department Temporary Permit - Tents/Canopies (Fee waived if included as a part of TUP-OA Permit)
- Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Temporary Catering Authorization- Businesses who are currently licensed by ABC can apply to temporarily expand their licensed area to designated outdoor seating areas adjacent to the business.
Email completed applications and attachments to Planning@ArcadiaCA.gov, or contact the Planning Division at (626) 574-5423 for more information.
View Proclamation here.
Limit on Fees charged by Third-Party Food Delivery Apps
In response to COVID-19, the City of Arcadia has adopted an Urgency Ordinance that temporarily limits the commission and delivery fees charged to Arcadia restaurants by third-party food delivery applications (e.g. Grubhub, Uber Eats, Postmates, etc.). Under the adopted ordinance, delivery fees charged to restaurants may not exceed 15% of the total purchase price of the order, and the total fees charged to Arcadia restaurants, including the delivery fee, shall not exceed 20% of the total purchase price of the order.
This Ordinance is effective as of March 23, 2021 and shall remain in effect until 90 days after the Los Angeles Public Health Officer allows restaurants to offer dine-in services, without limitations, or upon the termination of the COVID-19 local emergency, whichever comes first. Arcadia restaurants may choose to opt-out of the enacted limitations, at their sole discretion, and engage with third-party food delivery service providers to pay higher fees in return for additional services and marketing according to their own preferences.
Adopted Urgency Ordinance No. 2377
SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide over $16 billion in economic relief to target industries. For more information and register to be notified of updates, visit www.svograntportal.sba.gov/s/
City of Arcadia Small Business Grant Program
The Arcadia COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program has issued $375,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to date. Grants of $5,000 were awarded to 75 lottery selected small businesses located in the city-limits of Arcadia and meeting program requirements.
California Small Business Relief Grants Program
Employee Retention Tax Credit
Businesses with less than 500 employees are eligible to receive up to a $5,000 tax credit per employee for the 2020 calendar year. For 2021, this has been expanded to a $7,000 tax credit per employee per quarter. Qualifying criteria has been reduced and businesses that received PPP assistance can now receive this tax credit as well. For more information visit www.treasury.gov/coronavirus or download the program flyer.
Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Information for Coronavirus-Related Topics
Arcadia Chamber of Commerce
Residential Tenant & Landlord Resources
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has extended the temporary residential eviction moratorium through September 30, 2021. For more information visit https://dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions/
The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (SB 91), which took effect on February 1, 2021, protects tenants in California with COVID-related financial impacts from eviction for nonpayment of rent and "no cause" evictions, meaning an eviction where the landlord does not state a reason. The eviction moratorium is currently in effect through September 30, 2021. SB 91 also makes available financial assistance to qualified landlords and tenants for a tenant’s unpaid rent during the period between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. For more information, visit www.housing.ca.gov .