City’s Office of Nightlife launches website for bar, restaurant owners

The website incorporates months of feedback from owners, workers and patrons who have long criticized the confusing rules.

Bar, club and other nightlife venue owners now have an online resource to help clear up any questions about city regulations regarding their businesses.

The city’s Office of Nightlife launched its website Monday that includes links and information pertaining to permits, noise laws and other information regarding late-night businesses and restaurants. Office of Nightlife Senior Executive Director Ariel Palitz said the site, nyc.gov/nightlife, incorporates months of feedback from owners, workers and patrons who have long criticized the confusing and changing rules for nightlife establishments. In a statement, Palitz said the site will "continue to evolve and inform the nightlife community and its needs."

The site also provides owners with a step-by-step wizard for obtaining permits, sound guidelines and other regulations. For workers, the site provides information on freelance rights, discrimination and paid sick leave.

The Office of Nightlife began in 2017, following calls from nightlife owners for more help, as the number of establishments, particularly in the outer boroughs, have seen an increase in closures. Owners say rising rent and unclear building and business codes have been the biggest roadblocks for their businesses. 

Ivan Pereira