Burlington council wants to adopt a consistent, city-wide solution for restaurant patios


Published September 16, 2022 at 3:21 pm

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The City of Burlington wants to craft a comprehensive patio bylaw and is looking for your input.

“The City wants to hear your experiences with restaurant patios and what changes you may like to see,” said Mark Simeoni, director, Community Planning.

“Contributions from the online survey will help inform the report staff presents to council. Our goal is to continue to help support local business. This means continuing to turn around patio permit applications as quickly as we can. As we put together city-wide patio guidelines and structure, we will monitor and refine this program as needed to best serve our community.”

The City introduced patios in 2015 under the Pop-Up Patio Program in the downtown core. During the City’s COVID-19 response, the Temporary Outdoor Patios Program was approved by Council and runs until Oct. 31, 2022.

The new guidelines will:

  • provide design direction to business operators
  • think of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists
  • create consistent rules, regulations and design for patios
  • create a new, streamlined process to apply for a patio permit for operators

As part of this work, staff are looking into a City-wide approach to patios. Staff want to hear stakeholder experiences with restaurant patios and what changes should be made.

For more information, visit here. To fill out the survey, which closes Oct. 11, visit here.

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