Sidewalk Cafe Permits

Sidewalk Cafe
Sidewalk café permits are available to the owner or tenant of a building occupied and used for the sale of cooked and prepared foods and are for the use of their patrons only. The receipt of a permit is required before any sidewalk cafes, planters or other furnishing can be placed on the public sidewalk.

Refer to the City Code Chapter 267 for the full Sidewalk Permit legislation

Permits are valid from date of issuance through Dec. 31 of that year. All café items should be removed from sidewalk in the case of snow.

For more information or to complete the application process, contact Lisa Davis at
914-654-2189 or 
via email.

Three steps to apply for a Sidewalk Café:

1.  Apply Online
  • Logon to your account on the City's Portal by clicking the "Login" link in the top right corner. (If you don't have an account with our new system, after clicking "Login", click "Sign up" and create an account using the same email address you used in our old permit system)
  • On the left side, Select "Apply for", "Permit"
  • Select "Department" - "Business", then choose the permit type.  Add your detailed description and click Next.
  • Answer the questions and click Next to progress through the screens. 
  • Upload required documents per instructions below.
  • The last screen will show you a review of your application.  Click Submit.
2.  Required Documents
  • Please make sure all required documents were uploaded during the online application process. If you forgot to upload a document you can do so after the fact.  Missing documents will delay the processing of your permit.
  • Log back into your account and click Dashboard in the top left corner.
  • Click Applications and click the appropriate application number.
  • Click the pencil icon next to "Document" at the bottom.
  • Upload as needed and click "Update" when you are finished adding your documents.

Insurance Requirements:

The City of New Rochelle shall be named in each of the three policies listed below as an additional insured/Holder and such additional insured coverage is primary to any other insurance held by the City of New Rochelle.

Form Number/
Version Date

Form Title

Specifications

Accord Form

Proof of Comprehensive General Liability Insurance

In a form providing coverage not less than that of Standard Comprehensive General Liability Insurance Policy including hazard of operation (including explosion, collapse and underground coverage), independent contractors, products, and completed operations extended for two years after completion and final acceptance of work by the City, Contractual Liability coverage (on a blanket basis designating all written contracts, or alternatively the specified hold harmless agreement contained in this contract include full defense thereof) and Personal Injury Liability Coverage for claims arising out of the work her under for Personal Injury, and Property Damage (Broad Form, including completed operations) in policy or policies of insurance such that limits of liability are at least:

  • Bodily injury:  $2,000,000 each occurrence
  • Property Damage: $1,000,000 each occurrence
  • Or combined: $2,000,000 each occurrence

C-105.2 (9/17)

Certificate of NYS Workers' Compensation Insurance

Employers must obtain this form from either their NYS workers' compensation insurance carrier or a licensed NYS insurance agent of that carrier.

Carriers, their licensed agents, and Self-Insured Employers may email the Board at
Certificates@wcb.ny.gov to obtain controlled forms not available on this website.

Coverage (All private NYS licensed workers' compensation carriers are required to issue the C-105.2. Please note that the State Insurance Fund issues a different form, the U-26.3 form, as its version of the C-105.2)

DB-120

Certificate of NYS Disability Benefits Insurance

Employers must obtain this form from either their NYS workers' compensation insurance carrier or a licensed NYS insurance agent of that carrier.

Carriers, their licensed agents, and Self-Insured Employers may email the Board at
Certificates@wcb.ny.gov to obtain controlled forms not available on this website.

Drawing

All applications must be accompanied by a drawing indicating all elements of the sidewalk café including furnishings, locations and measurements.

Include:
  • Location and size of all tables, chairs, planters, barriers, umbrellas or any other sidewalk café elements to be placed on the sidewalk
  • Measurements showing the length of storefront and location of entrance. A clear unoccupied space of a minimum 3 foot width must be provided from entrance to the sidewalk.
  • Measurements showing the width of the sidewalk café area to its perimeter (edge of barrier or seating area)
  • Measurements showing distance from curb or sidewalk obstructions (parking meters, trees…) to perimeter of café area. This distance must be a minimum of 5 feet.

The number of occupants is determined by available and usable square footage.  Based on the International Building Code, the maximum capacity for non-fixed seating is 1 seat per 15 sq. feet. For example, a 2 top would require 30 sq. ft. and a 4 top requires 60 sq. ft. On the drawing indicate all width and length measurements to represent usable square footage for café area. See example for more information

Planters must conform to Section 270-25 of New Rochelle City Code
Sidewalk cafe drawing

3.  Pay and Receive Permit  


Once the application is reviewed and approved, you will be contacted to bring in payment and receive your permit.

Nothing should be placed on sidewalk until permit is issued.


Fees



 § 267-4A
 Sidewalk cafe permit fees
 Annual Renewal Fee:  
 1 to 4 chairs $100
 5 to 12 chairs $200
More than 12 chairs $300
Initial Application Fee* $100

*To be added to annual renewal fee for first-time applications and alterations.

For more information or assistance, contact Lisa Davis at (914) 654-2189 or via email