City of Monterey
Outdoor Dining & Use of Heaters: What You Need to Know
Dear Monterey Restaurant Owners and Operators,

While outdoor dining is currently halted due to the latest State COVID-19 Stay at Home Order, the City of Monterey Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Marshal, Building Official, and Code Compliance staff would like to provide these resources to you now to keep you in-the-know and practicing safe outdoor dining. There are a few very important factors to know about how to safely use outdoor structures and heaters. Please read through the information provided in the documents listed below, and watch or re-watch the video from the informational session held via Zoom on December 1. Thank you for making sure we all stay safe.
Important Resources to Review and Understand:
  1. Use of Temporary Structures for Outdoor Business Operations - guidance from the California Department of Public Health
  2. Use of Heaters in Temporary Tents & Awnings - from Cal Fire
  3. Standards and Requirements for Special Events in Tents, Temporary Structures, and Other Temporary Membrane Structures - Monterey Fire Department
  4. Fact Sheet - Monterey Fire Department
  5. Permit Application Information - City of Monterey Building & Safety Division
Recorded Zoom Informational Session on Outdoor Dining and Heaters
This information is also available at