Even though the weather might be getting colder, restaurant owners can still apply for an outdoor dining permit thanks to the resolution passed at last week’s council meeting. The resolution calls for the extension of outdoor sidewalk cafés be extended from October 31 to November 30.
The City of Newburgh has been allowing permits for temporary sidewalk café operations in designated parking areas. Right now, only four permits are active, but they are encouraging more to apply.
“Any additional party is more than welcome to apply,” said City Manager Joseph Donat.
The application for the permit is on the City’s website at www.cityofnewburgh-ny.gov.
Applications were distributed by the planning and development department when the permits were first made available.
“We will once again put the word out and we will work with them during the application process,” said Donat.
The application asks for a site map of the proposed sidewalk café area to show the number of proposed tables, where barriers and other signage will be placed and ensure the compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Once the application is complete, it is submitted to the Fire Prevention Office, located at 123 Grand Street, along with proof of insurance and a copy of any State Liquor Authority License if applicable.
Following that, the office will contact the restaurant to schedule a site inspection. After the site is approved, operations may be set up. There will then be a final inspection by the Fire Prevention Bureau.
It is stated that all sidewalk cafés must be closed by 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
“I understand some places might not have the sidewalk space,” said Councilman Anthony Grice. “Hopefully they’d be able to use a car parking space for that. I’m hoping more restaurants take advantage of this.”