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.


OpenNorfolk welcomes you to join us for a safe, kick-off party at each of your new Neighborhood Spots!

Enjoy food trucks + music + more!

We look forward to sharing more about the new safe, outdoor pop-up spaces + hearing about what you’d like to see at your new Spots!

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. 

Events Calendar

Additional Resources

For additional information visit

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.

OpenNorfolk is among the local partners assisting in the program. Click the button below to view more information about the grant program on the VRLTA website.

To apply for the grant and read the eligibility requirements, visit

Dining Permit


Job Opportunities

Neighborhood Spots:

Request Form

Press Releases



Outdoor Spaces - Phase 3

Economic Disaster Assistance Grant

Rebuild VA Grant Fund

Round Two of application intake will take place from June 12, 2020 to June 19, 2020. Required documentation for application submission is available here

Inspiration and DIY