Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has launched a new COVID-19 Relief Payment Plan Program, providing Long Beach businesses and residents adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic the opportunity to pay outstanding balances over time.
COVID-19 Relief Payment Plan Program
The Long Beach COVID-19 Relief Payment Plan Program, developed by City staff and approved by the Long Beach City Council on March 9, is part of the City’s ongoing commitment to providing support and resources to businesses and residents critically impacted by the pandemic. The program allows eligible participants the opportunity to pay interest-free and penalty-free payments for up to 18 months for the following:
- Business-Related & General Fees – Long Beach residents and businesses can apply for payment plan assistance for business taxes and other general fees (including but not limited to business license fees, false alarm fees, health fees and police board-up fees) billed between March 16, 2020, and June 30, 2021. The enrollment period will run July 1 through August 13, 2021. For more information, business owners and residents may email FM-CityCollections@longbeach.gov or call 562.570.7600.
- Parking Citations – This program is for people who have incurred parking citations and lack the resources to pay the fines. Qualifying residents can apply for payment plan assistance for all parking citations issued between March 16, 2020, and March 31, 2021, and the City will create individualized payment plans that do not include late fees or interest charges for up to 18 months. The enrollment period runs April 1 through May 17, 2021. For more information, people may email FM-ParkingCitation@longbeach.gov or call 562.570.6822.
Extension of Existing Relief Programs
In addition to the new COVID-19 Relief Payment Plan Program, the City has also extended existing deferral and relief programs for Long Beach businesses and residents.
- The Long Beach COVID-19 Business Tax and Fee Payment Deferral Program, which already provides payment deferrals for various business license taxes and health and fire fees for Long Beach businesses critically impacted by COVID-19, was set to expire March 31 but has been extended again through June 30, 2021.
- Businesses with outstanding taxes and fee balances are encouraged to participate in the new COVID-19 Relief Payment Plan Program come July so they can pay the outstanding balance over time, penalty-and-interest-free. Special mail notices with information to participate in the COVID-19 Relief Payment Plan Program will be sent to businesses with outstanding balances in May. For more information, business owners may email FM-CityCollections@longbeach.gov or call 562.570.7600.
- Also extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021, is the City’s Street Sweeping Relief Program, which provides free temporary parking permits for people in parking impacted areas. The program also provides some relief to qualifying individuals impacted by street sweeping parking citations issued between March 16, 2020, and June 30, 2021, who are facing financial hardships due to the pandemic. Temporary parking permits provide relief for those experiencing hardships and impacted by street sweeping parking citations, and deter vehicles from parking along roadways to allow for more effective street sweeping, a vital health service for the City.
- Residents in parking-impacted areas are reminded to take advantage of the City's free parking opportunities or find alternate solutions to park their vehicles during street sweeping days. For more information about citation relief, residents may email FM-ParkingCitation@longbeach.gov or call 562.570.6822.
More information about the various other services and resources the City offers to those affected by the pandemic is available by calling the City’s Resource Line at 562.570.INFO(4636), option 5.
Information about additional business assistance and resources is available on the City’s Business Support webpage or by contacting the City’s Business Hotline at 562.570.4BIZ(4249).
For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.