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New DCA Sidewalk Cafe Rules Effective August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014  
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Major revisions to the sidewalk cafe permitting process will be effective August 28, 2014. These legislative changes will make it easier for your sidewalk cafe business to operate and be permitted. The changes include:
  • Confirmation that sidewalk cafes can open at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays;
  • Shortened timeframe for approval of a revocable consent;
  • Revocable consent and license terms will now expire at the same time, avoiding conflicting expiration dates and confusion over license and consent renewals; and,
  • Mandated reductions in paperwork and streamlined renewals for licenses.
The NYS Restaurant Association advocated for these reforms and is pleased to report that our advocacy efforts continue to garner results for the hospitality industry. We thank Commissioner Menin for the DCA's efforts to assist restaurants and look forward to working with her and the DCA staff on even more positive changes for the industry. 
As we continue to meet with agency heads and advocate for more positive changes in NYC government, we need to hear from you about the issues that matter most. Contact the Association at or 212.398.9160 and let us know how we can continue help your business succeed.  

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