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Niagara Falls: Restaino announces continuation of expedited temporary outdoor seating permits to safely increase seating & dining capacities at local businesses

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Fri, May 7th 2021 04:00 pm

Mayor Robert Restaino announced the continuation of the expedited process for local businesses to apply for temporary permits for outdoor seating/dining service. This system was developed last year in response to the economic effects felt throughout the Niagara Falls community due to COVID-19 and increased reopening efforts by local government to support local businesses.

In addition to the expedited process, the City of Niagara Falls has waived most of the fees typically associated with obtaining a permit, reducing the cost of the application fee to only $10.

“While we’re not out of the woods yet with COVID-19, my administration feels strongly about doing its part in helping local businesses in the reopening process,” Restaino said. “We were able to minimize the cost of this application, as well as speeding up the process for receiving the permit. It is my hope that this will allow local business owners to use their outdoor spaces to increase dining and seating capacity consistent with NYS reopening guidelines.”

These applications are temporary outdoor seating permits that expire on Nov. 30.

The mayor’s office said, “This push for the expedited outdoor seating permits allows local businesses to increase dining and seating capacity while still falling within COVID-19 restrictions.”

Business owners with any questions about this application are urged to contact James Bragg at the Department of Planning (716-286-4467).

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