Mayor Announces Small Businesses Citywide Can Begin Submitting Plans for Public Open Space Use

Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that small businesses Citywide can begin submitting plans for public open space use to ensure safe physical distancing to protect patrons and employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. Members of the City’s Small Business Social Distancing Initiative Working Group, which is comprised of private-sector experts and City officials, developed the application to help businesses quickly and safely reenter our recovering Western New York economy. The application is now available at

Mayor Brown also announced today that more than 300 small businesses have registered on the City’s new Reopen Buffalo webpage. The online resource enhances the City’s ability to communicate with small businesses through the registry. Businesses can also share information about their reopening status with the community. Reopen Buffalo features an interactive map and directory, as well as links to additional resources. For more information, go to

The City of Buffalo Office of Permits and Inspection Services is assisting companies eligible to reopen with specific permit and licensing needs that cannot be met online at  

For licenses, call  851-6583 or 851-4951. For permits, call 851-4935 or 851-5033.