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OpenNorfolk Provides Cold Weather Resources to Local Restaurants

New, free joint permitting process launches online


OpenNorfolk hopes to take the bite out of the winter months for local restaurants with free resources and heaters to help keep Norfolk eateries open and operating under Phase 3 of Governor Northam’s Executive Order 67.

Local restaurant owners are encouraged to visit for information and assistance.  The OpenNorfolk program offers the following:

  • A free toolkit including signage, stencils, etc. to expand outdoor spaces
  • Free electric outdoor heaters with priority given to small, minority and women-owned businesses

OpenNorfolk also provides Restaurant Guidelines for health, fire safety, tents, and heater use to ensure restaurants comply with state and city codes.

OpenNorfolk also offers a new joint permitting process that is completely FREE!   All tents must be approved prior to use.  Approval includes site plan review, site inspection and operational permit.   Submit permit documents online. The entire process takes about 10 days.  For more information, review the Restaurant Guidelines for a step-by-step application process and link to the online application.

Restaurant owners should email with questions regarding temporary outdoor dining.