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Restaurant Resources

The City of New York offers an array of resources to support small businesses with installing and maintaining their outdoor dining cafes. Below is a list of resources from City agencies.

Small Business Services Support for Food Establishments

NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) will provide additional information once the application portal opens. 

SBS offers free services to help your business start, operate, and grow, including business courses, financing assistance, legal services, regulatory assistance, emergency preparedness, and more. Specific help offered by SBS for businesses interested in participating in Dining Out NYC includes: 

  • Regulatory assistance: The NYC Business Express Service Team (NYC BEST) can help restaurants understand and comply with new program rules and other city regulations.
  • Dining Out NYC Financial Planning Tool: Helps business operators determine if participation in the permanent outdoor dining program is right for their business. (Note: this tool is a business resource only and is not part of the Dining Out NYC application)
  • SBS Hotline: Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm to answer your questions about the Dining Out NYC program or use of the Financial Planning Tool. Call 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).  

For more information, call 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692) or ask our MyCity Chatbot a question at 

Fire Department Resources for Outdoor Dining

  • Heater Approvals: Portable outdoor natural gas fired heater information and application

Department of Health Resources for Outdoor Dining

Department of Sanitation Resources for Outdoor Dining

Department of Environmental Protection Resources for Outdoor Dining

Additional Resources