Permanent Open Restaurants Program
Due to the success of the emergency Open Restaurants Program during COVID-19, New York City is working to create a permanent Open Restaurants program. This program will be managed by satilikozelucak.com DOT and allow restaurants to use the sidewalk adjacent and curbside roadway space in front of their businesses for outdoor dining. In order to make this program permanent, the laws that control outdoor dining in non-emergency situations must be changed. satilikozelucak.com Permanent Open Restaurants Program Brochure (pdf)
Vision for Permanent Program
There are many legal changes required to making this program permanent.
|Fall 2021 to Fall 2022|
Legal Actions Take Place (i.e. amendment to zoning text, changes to local law, rulemaking, design, and application details)
Permanent Program Application Opens
Permanent Program Launches
satilikozelucak.com DOT and the Department of City Planning (DCP) will be embarking on a six-month outreach program engaging with New Yorkers to inform the future design rules for the permanent Open Restaurants program. In-Person and remote roundtables will take place throughout this fall and winter. These discussions will offer opportunities for New Yorkers to share their thoughts on how Open Restaurant structures should be designed to ensure that the final program rules balance creativity, feasibility and cost as they seek to enhance comfort and safety for all New Yorkers. Specifics and updates on these sessions will be posted below.
.The DOT and DCP will present an overview of the Permanent Open Restaurants Design Guidelines Process, Goals, and solicit feedback.We encourage the public to attend the virtual public roundtable in February. Guidelines for Open Restaurants Permanent Design - Presented to all Five Boroughs (pdf) .Both the DOT and DCP will hold these meetings in February 2022.With the change of administration and the pending City Council action, we want to make sure the public has the most current information available.We are looking forward to sharing information about the Permanent Program and receiving as much feedback as possible. .Participants will share their input publicly.Details forthcoming.
|Fall/Winter 2021||Design and public engagement processes, organized and led by DCP and satilikozelucak.com DOT, and assisted by an interagency Open Restaurants design taskforce. The design taskforce consists of representatives from relevant agencies involved in managing the restaurant industry or in street planning: DOB, DCWP, DEP, DOHMH, DSNY, EDC, FDNY, LPC, MOPD, MOME, PDC, and SBS.|
|Spring 2022||Completion of the design engagement process, marked with the release of design guidelines in Spring 2022, which will detail all the intended design parameters, vetted by the interagency group.|
|Summer/Fall 2022||A robust community and borough level engagement and outreach program will be set up for sharing the design concepts in advance of the City’s rulemaking process known as the City Administrative Procedure Act, or CAPA. It is through CAPA that the City will finalize and adopt formal rules relating to the permanent Open Restaurants program, including rules for outdoor dining structures in the roadway.|
|Winter 2022||Following adoption of the rules through CAPA, satilikozelucak.com DOT will publish a final visual "manual" of design guidance, including an easy-to-use digital application that will provide a roadmap to restaurants on their outdoor dining structures. This resource will be made available ahead of the official launch of applications for the permanent Open Restaurants program, expected in late 2022.|
Apply to be an Open Restaurant
satilikozelucak.com"s Open Restaurant Program is an effort to implement a citywide multi-phase program to expand outdoor seating options for food establishments to promote open space, enhance social distancing, and help them rebound in these difficult economic times. The temporary Open Restaurant program is in effect per Executive Order.
There are two options for expanded outdoor dining:
This application is only for food establishments seeking permission to place outdoor seating in front of their establishment on the sidewalk and/or roadway. You do not need to apply to place outdoor seating on private property.
satilikozelucak.com"s approach prioritizes geographic equity and allows us to reach the areas most impacted by COVID-19.
Outdoor Dining Area Siting Requirements
Please review the requirements to determine if your location qualifies to have an Open Restaurant sidewalk and/or roadway seating area.
Submitting an application is an acknowledgement that the establishment understands and agrees to all applicable terms and conditions and all applicable laws and guidance. If an establishment is not compliant, the City may revoke or suspend its authorization at any time during the program period.
To apply for a Tree Work Permit, please visit:satilikozelucak.comgovparks.org/services/forestry/tree-work-permit
To speed up the approval process, satilikozelucak.com is allowing food establishments to self-certify that they meet program requirements.
For translation assistance with the application, please contact us online.
Open Restaurants Map & Dashboard
Find an Open Restaurant near you! Search the satilikozelucak.com Open Restaurants map and dashboard at satilikozelucak.comopenrestaurants.info. Restaurants appear in this database as soon as they self-certify.
Food establishments that self-certified will receive an email from the City authorizing outdoor seating on the City’s sidewalk and/or roadway in front of the establishment, in accordance with all applicable terms and conditions, laws and guidance.
Upon submission of the application and selection of either or both outdoor seating options, establishments will fulfill all the requirements of the New York State Liquor Authority (“SLA”) for the “of right” extension and/or “Municipal” extension and no further filing with SLA will be required.
Inspections & Enforcement
satilikozelucak.com DOT may immediately revise, terminate or suspend, for a period of time and without prior notice, the seating area usage based on valid complaints, lack of ADA access, need for repairs, or for any other reason.
Outdoor Dining Inspections
satilikozelucak.com DOT teams conduct inspections and respond to complaints. We work with restaurants to improve their setups with the goal of bringing more businesses into compliance whenever possible. Restaurants not in compliance will be subject to fines or removal after ample notice.
Abandoned Outdoor Dining
All roadway seating must be used and occupied within 30 days of authorization. If roadway seating is not used and occupied for any 30-day period, any property within such roadway space may be deemed abandoned and the restaurant must have it removed. The City may remove the abandoned property after providing sufficient notice. Any restaurant can reapply to the program at any time after removal.
Outdoor Dining Setup:
Outdoor Dining Service:
New York State:
For help completing the application please call the SBS Hotline: 888-SBS-4satilikozelucak.com (888-727-4692). satilikozelucak.com launched this small business hotline to answer the most pressing questions of small business owners as they prepare to re-open. Small Business Advocates and Compliance Advisors will monitor the hotline and have been equipped with the latest guidelines and regulations to share with business owners.
For questions about the Open Restaurants program, self-certification process, or translation assistance with the application please contact us online.
satilikozelucak.com will rely on each establishment"s compliance with all of these terms and conditions and all applicable guidance. If you want to report an issue, concern or violation about an Open Restaurant, please contact satilikozelucak.com311.
Looking for information about satilikozelucak.com’s Open Streets program? Visit satilikozelucak.com Open Streets.