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Outdoor boulevard cafes

Outdoor boulevard cafe permit applications can be accessed on the Town's website.

Outdoor boulevard cafe permit applications can be accessed on the Town's website.

The Town of Orangeville’s boulevard café permit process is open. The existing process follows the current by-law and accommodates a traditional layout. Interested parties can submit by email and there is no fee. 

Temporary Outdoor Cafe Procedures 2020

As part of the provincial recovery plan from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town has launched new temporary on-street application process for outdoor cafes or patios that extend beyond the boulevard and into on-street parking. This provides businesses with an opportunity to use public parking spaces. Establishments must take appropriate measures to ensure physical distancing of at least two metres between patrons from different households. Orangeville Council voted on June 8 to permit boulevard cafes and patio extensions as of June 12.

Restaurant Patios on Private Property

Temporary outdoor patios for restaurants are permitted. New temporary outdoor patios located within parking areas should ensure that adequate parking remains available. Barrier-free parking must also be maintained in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

For patios serving alcohol on private property, a letter of non-objection is required from the Town and you must comply with the formula for capacity of extension as required by the AGCO.

Please see the AGCO requirements for further information. To request a letter of non-objection or for more information, please contact the Clerks Division at [email protected]

Temporary outdoor patios that include a tent will need to comply with the Zoning By-law requirements for accessory structures and may also require a Building Permit.

Restaurant Patios within the Boulevard

Outdoor boulevard cafés have been permitted in the Town’s Central Business District under the Town’s Outdoor Café By-law (41-2003). In addition to this By-law and following Council’s Resolution at its June 8, 2020 meeting, the following policies provide greater clarity regarding the criteria for outdoor boulevard cafés or patio areas (patios):

  1. Outdoor Café By-law continues to apply except where superseded here: Unless otherwise modified by the policies contained herein, all other provisions of the Town’s Outdoor Café By-law 41-2003 shall continue to apply.
  2. Season extended: Patios will continue to be permitted during the summer season, which is extended to October 15, 2020. This period may be further extended to October 31, 2020 at the discretion of the General Manager of Infrastructure Services;
  3. Locations more flexible: Patios may be permitted partially or entirely within the sidewalk and boulevard area adjacent to the business that they are intended to serve and must meet the following criteria:
    1. Same area as the building they serve: Patios may not encroach into the frontage of a neighbouring establishment unless they have consent from the establishment(s) being encroached upon or approval from the Town to do so.
    2. Pedestrian path must be maintained: Patios are to be situated so that a 1.5 metre wide unobstructed and barrier-free public pathway for pedestrians must be maintained at all times. Patios should be situated so that the public pathway weaves as little as possible and maintains a straight corridor alignment abutting the building face.
    3. Patios to be physically delineated: Patios are to be surrounded as follows:
      1. using a fence or railing with a height of at least 0.9m but not exceeding 1.2 metres and/or planter boxes or pots so that the patio area is appropriately and tastefully delineated or physically enclosed.
      2. Enclosure requirements will be subject to the AGCO requirements, which shall prevail in the event of any conflict with these polices.
      3. Patio enclosures must include a barrier-free access opening of at least 1.2m wide. No access opening is to be provided on the street-facing side of the patio unless the patio directly abuts the building.
    4. Patios or walkways may be in the on-street parking area: Patios may be situated to occupy some or all of the adjacent on-street parking space(s), provided that:
      1. Any public pathway circumventing a patio area within the parking space area must be delineated and separated from vehicular traffic to the satisfaction of Town staff. Jersey Barriers may be installed by the Town at certain locations at the discretion of the General Manager of Infrastructure Services.
      2. Any patio and/or public pathway situated within the parking space area of the roadway must be situated on a suitable platform constructed to match the grade of the abutting sidewalk/boulevard area. Such platforms must be constructed in a manner that does not negatively impact the drainage.
  4. Application process remains the same and will be reviewed expeditiously: Applicants are to submit the Boulevard Café Application form with accompanying plans that demonstrate how these policies and the provisions of By-law 41-2003 are met. Submissions will be accepted by email to [email protected] and there is no fee for boulevard café applications.

Application submissions received by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 will be processed and (if satisfactory) approved by Friday, June 12, 2020. Application submissions received after will be processed as quickly as possible within 5 business days.