Friday, 31 January 2014 07:14

City of Toronto hosting public consultation sessions to review bylaws on sidewalk patios and boulevard cafés.

The City of Toronto's Municipal Licensing and Standards pision has undertaken a review of the City's bylaws governing boulevard cafés/sidewalk patios as well as the operation of sidewalk stalls outside businesses. The goal is to create one bylaw for Toronto.

Each former municipality has a pre-amalgamation bylaw that regulates boulevard cafe and marketing activities. As a result, the requirements, approval processes, permit types and application fees are different depending on the area where the business is located.

As part of this review, the City is hosting a series of public consultation meetings to discuss the existing bylaws and items to consider when drafting the new bylaw.

Topics include: 

  • the role of residents and local business owners in the permit issuance process 
  • minimum sidewalk clearance to accommodate pedestrian traffic
  • new opportunities for establishing on-street boulevard cafés curbside and in on-street parking spaces where feasible
  • requirements concerning separation of the area including fencing, partial and full enclosures, and
  • design guidelines for construction. 

Public consultation meetings

Each of the following four meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. 

  • Thursday, February 6 in City Hall's committee room 2
  • Tuesday, February 11 in East York Civic Centre's council chamber
  • Thursday, February 13 in Etobicoke Civic Centre's main boardroom
  • Tuesday, February 18 in North York Civic Centre's committee room 3

More information or to provide feedback:

Staff will report to the Licensing and Standards Committee later this year on the review.

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