Open Norfolk

Welcome to OpenNorfolk!

The OpenNorfolk Outdoor Dining Permit is a joint permit between the City of Norfolk Fire Marshal, the Building Official, and Electrical Inspections. This is a brand-new, expedited process to allow restaurants to operate safely outside on private property through December 31, 2022. Please note, if you plan to operate outdoor dining in the public right-of-way, there is a separate permitting process through the OpenNorfolk Streateries Program.

What is a Neighborhood Spot?

OpenNorfolk is a boots-on-the-ground community assistance program that is helping local businesses open safely under The Governor’s Phase 1-3 Guidelines. In Phase 3, OpenNorfolk will continue to assist local businesses while focusing on neighborhoods and communities, aiming to fill needs for outdoor programming, safe places for families and kids, and community activation. The program will provide temporary, flexible Neighborhood Spots that ensure that the communities in which they are built can deliver their vision for a safe, healthy, educational summer pop-up park. 

DoorDash Restaurant Operator Relief Grant

In Partnership with Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA).

DoorDash is partnering with the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA) to bring a $450,000 grant program for Virginia restaurants as they continue to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

Dining Permit


Neighborhood Spots:

Press Releases



Outdoor Spaces - Phase 3

Economic Disaster Assistance Grant