SPECIAL EVENTS & TEMPORARY OUTSIDE SALES
Any business may request a permit for an event held outdoors on
the property where the business is located. Such events include
Temporary Outside Sales Events to sell merchandise
customarily sold within the existing business and Special
Events to promote the following:
- Grand Openings
- Change of Address
- Change of Ownership or Lessee
- Business Anniversary
If no outside activities are planned, any business may request
a Temporary Sign Permit to display a sign for the
same above occasions. All permits require the submittal of an application
form, required filing fee, and a site plan to the Planning and Building
Department. In addition to the zoning regulations listed below,
all events are subject all Municipal Code regulations, including
those of the Police, Building, Fire and Engineering Departments.
SPECIAL EVENTS (CV 19.58.380)
1. Any business may request a permit for the use of temporary
promotional signs and promotional items in conjunction with the
following special events: Grand openings, change of business address,
change of ownership or lessee, and business anniversaries. If
a business is part of a parent organization, the anniversary of
the parent may be used in lieu of the business anniversary during
the calendar year.
2. The maximum time limit for a special event shall not exceed
14 consecutive days.
3. The applicant shall submit a statement stating the reason
for the special event and indicating the commencement and ending
date. The applicant shall also submit a site plan indicating the
location and area of signs and location of promotional items.
Each permit shall also be accompanied by the required filing fee(s).
4. Promotional items are subject to the following approval:
a. They may not be located in the front setback;
b. They shall not interfere with internal circulation or eliminate
c. They shall not be indiscriminately placed or be of such quantity
as to present a cluttered and unsightly appearance.
5. Pennants may only be used in conjunction with grand openings
and change of ownership or lessee.
6. The planning department shall issue to the applicant a special
event permit, upon approval of the applicant's request. The reason
for the special event shall be conspicuously displayed on a sign
for the duration of the event.
Temporary Sign Permits
Temporary Promotional Signs (CV 19.60.300)
Temporary promotional signs are permitted for any business, which
contain appurtenant sign copy to promote the following special events:
Grand openings, change of business address, change of ownership
or lessee, and business anniversaries. Said signs may consist of
A and I frame signs and signs on paper, cardboard, plastic or fabric.
The signs shall be located on the premises of the business having
the special event. The number and location of the signs shall not
create a traffic hazard because of the distractive character to
motorists of any sign or the cumulative effect of all the signs
on the lot, nor shall any sign unreasonably obscure existing signs
on adjacent properties. No limitation shall be placed on the area
of the signs except that they shall not conflict with the provisions
of Section 19.60. Only one freestanding sign shall be allowed on
each street frontage. Such sign shall not be more than eight feet
in height or contain more than forty square feet of sign area.
Public and Quasi-Public Special Event Signs (CV 19.60.310 C)
1. Churches and other public and quasi-public uses may request
a permit for the temporary use of a sign announcing a special
event. Wall or freestanding signs of paper, cardboard, plastic
or fabric are permitted; provided, that the zoning administrator
finds that the copy, color, and design of the sign will not adversely
affect the order, amenity, or residential enjoyment of the neighborhood
in which it is located.
2. Special event signs shall be located on the premises of the
institution or organization having the special event, and shall
be not more than five feet in height, nor contain more than twenty-five
square feet of sign area. Freestanding signs shall maintain a
minimum ten-foot setback from any property line abutting upon
a street right-of-way. One sign shall be allowed for each street
3. Upon application for a permit, the applicant shall submit
a statement and diagram noting the nature of the special event,
and indicating the location, size, copy and colors of the proposed
sign. A permit for a special event sign shall be valid for seven
consecutive days; and not more than six such permits shall be
issued to any one institution or organization in a calendar year.
Temporary Outside Sales & Display (CV 19.58.370)
Temporary outside sales and display of merchandise for a period
of twenty-four (24) days in any calendar year, but not exceeding
seven (7) consecutive days, shall be permitted upon approval of
a temporary outside sales permit by the Zoning Administrator. Not
more than six (6) permits a year shall be issued to any one business
or shopping complex. Each such permit shall be accompanied by the
required filing fee(s).
Upon application for a permit, the applicant shall submit two (2)
site plans showing the location of the proposed outside sales area.
The plan shall include sufficient information to insure that the
display and sales will be conducted in a safe and proper manner
and will not obstruct traffic or cause a hazardous condition based
on the standards adopted by the City of Chula Vista. The permit
shall designate the commencement and termination dates.
Other Required Conditions
1. The application shall be submitted for approval a minimum of
two (2) days prior to the requested date of commencement.
2. There shall be a minimum of thirty (30) days between the commencement
dates of the permit.
3. Temporary outside sales are prohibited in the C-O, C-N and
4. The sales area shall maintain a twenty-five (25) foot setback
from the street when within an area designated for parking.
5. The sales area may utilize a portion of required parking to
a maximum of twenty percent.
6. The sales area shall not interfere with the internal circulation
of the site.
7. Pennants may be used only for safety and precautionary purposes.
8. The sales area shall be kept in neat and well-kept manner
at all times.
9. Price signs may be used but shall not exceed twelve (12) by
sixteen (16) inches.
10. Other signs may be allowed subject to Zoning Administrator
approval. Said signs shall not exceed two (2) square feet of lineal
street frontage of the sales area.
11. Promotional items allowed in conjunction with a special event,
such as anniversaries and grand openings, are not subject to the
provisions herein except when an outside sales permit is requested.
12. Only merchandise customarily sold on the premises shall be
considered for temporary outside sales and display.