The City is waiving all fees associated with the creation of new or expanded outdoor patio spaces to help support local businesses as they prepare to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release.
This includes any potential building permit fees, applicable parking fees under the existing Sidewalk Patio Program and municipal alcohol license approvals and extensions issued through the City Clerk’s Office for the 2020 season.
“Many businesses have been hard hit by this pandemic and we remain committed to helping our local bars and restaurants, retailers and other establishments recover,” said Mayor Al McDonald.
The Ontario Government announced this week that additional businesses and services will be allowed to reopen on Friday with proper health and safety measures in place, including outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties.
In addition to the waiving of fees, the expansion of the existing Sidewalk Patio Program in the Downtown to support the use of sidewalks for outdoor retail space was also approved by Council Wednesday during a Special Meeting.
“We’re working to assist businesses with reopening as safely as possible by making it easier for them to create more space for their customers,” said Deputy Mayor Tanya Vrebosch.
Guidelines developed by the City to assist local businesses in the creation of new or expanded outdoor patio spaces, including information about when a permit may be required are available here