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Cabaret Licensing

The City of White Plains cabaret ordinance governs the operation of cabarets in the City. Cabarets are permitted only within the Central Business District of the City and in areas zoned as Light Industrial (CB-1, CB-2, CB-3, CB-4, UR-4, and LI). "Cabarets" is a Special Permit Use that requires approval by the White Plains Common Council.

Prior to the issuance of the Cabaret Special Permit, a Cabaret license must be issued to the applicant by the Department of Public Safety. Compliance with the requirements of the State Liquor Authority and other investigations as required by the Department of Public Safety must be satisfied. The applicant shall file for this license concurrent with making application for the Special Permit. Proof of this filing shall be submitted with the Special Permit application. The Department of Public Safety has a licensing fee of $2,500 which is to be paid with the license application. Once the license is processed a copy shall be submitted to the Building Department and the Corporation Counsel.

Questions or interpretations of applicable zoning requirements should be directed to the Department of Building. If the application is deemed to be complete, the Department of Building forwards the package and all copies to the Common Council, where it is formally received by that body, as approving agency.

City of White Plains Cabaret Ordinance

City of White Plains Cabaret Ordinance

City of White Plains Cabaret Ordinance

An ordinance of the common council of the City of White Plains amending Title IV of the White Plains Municipal Code entitled "Cabarets" by amending Article I of Chapter 4-4 in its entirety and amending Section 4-4-30 of Article II of Chapter 4-4.

City of White Plains Cabarets Zoning Ordinance

City of White Plains Cabarets Zoning Ordinance

City of White Plains Cabarets Zoning Ordinance

An ordinance amending an ordinance entitled "The Zoning Ordinance of the City of White Plains" with respect to special permit uses in non-residential districts, revising the definition of "Cabaret" and adding the definition of "Primary Cabaret" and "Accessory Cabaret".

Procedure for Obtaining a Special Permit for a Cabaret

Procedure for Obtaining a Special Permit for a Cabaret

Procedure for Obtaining a Special Permit for a Cabaret

“Cabarets” is a Special Permit Use that requires approval by the Common Council. This handout is designed to describe the basic requirements and process that the City Of White Plains has established through its Municipal Code and Zoning Ordinance for the establishment of “Cabarets.”

Live Music Entertainment

Live Music Entertainment

Live Music Entertainment

For accessory cabarets wishing to sell tickets in advance or the charging of a fee inside the premises for live musical entertainment. Permit applications shall be submitted at least ten (10) days in advance of the scheduled performance. The completed form may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or faxed to (914) 422-6122.