Patio season is just around the corner and local businesses are being encouraged to set up the outdoor spaces again this year.
The city is waiving all fees associated with the creation of new or expanded outdoor patio spaces.
Council approved the move on Tuesday night.
Councillor Johanne Brousseau, Chair of Community Services, says this will be the third year of the program.
“In 2020, eight patio extensions or new builds were approved and in 2021 seven patios were approved under this policy,” she says.
It 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.
Councillor Ed Valenti suggested the city go one step further with the program.
“I’m very much in support of this recommendation and I would almost go as far as to encourage that this become a permanent process going forward,” he says. “I think it reduces the barriers to a successful downtown core which we are always in favour of.”
The existing Sidewalk Patio Program in the downtown will also be expanded again this season to support the use of sidewalks for outdoor retail space.
For more information visit: https://www.northbay.ca/OutdoorPatios