“A few of the restaurants on my block would like to use the street to expand dining outside our businesses on our busiest days. We’d also love to have the neighborhood organization put on outdoor performances when the streets are closed to traffic to create a lively ambiance.”
In addition to the permits mentioned in the preceding example, groups will need to apply:

︎︎︎ DOT “Open Streets (Full Closure) permit
The Open Streets Permit, launched during the COVID-19 pandemic and slated for permanent adoption, allows nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and local businesses to use streets for outdoor dining, programming, and outdoor learning/recreation for schools. There are three types of Open Streets permits:

︎︎︎ Limited Local Access (a street designated for pedestrian and cyclist use, during a specified set of hours and days each week, where local vehicle access for parking and loading is permitted, and drivers are advised to drive five miles per hour)

︎︎︎ Full Closure (a street that is temporarily closed to vehicles for pedestrian and cyclist use, small business use, and other activities)

︎︎︎ Full Closure: Schools (a street that is temporarily closed to vehicles to support schools for drop-off and pick-up operations, recess, and outdoor learning)

Photo of outdoor dining on a commercial street’s roadbed, with planters serving as a barrier around the space.

 ︎ Emily Andrews and Kamila Harris