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City launches Patio Brampton program to support local restaurants


​BRAMPTON, ON (June 24, 2020) – Today, the Government of Ontario will allow the Region of Peel to enter Stage 2 of reopening, allowing restaurants and bars in Brampton to open for dining in outdoor areas. To support this change, the City of Brampton has launched the Patio Brampton program. This program will make it easier for restaurants and bars to expand their patios and maintain physical distancing outside. Through the Patio Brampton program, more residents will be able to get outdoors to enjoy the summer weather, and support local businesses. 

Local businesses play a key role in Brampton’s economy, and the City is committed to supporting them in their recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Patio Brampton program will ensure quicker processing of applications and permits, and allow for the waiving of fees for sidewalk, parking lot and curb lane patios until January 1, 2021.

Two options will be available to expand outdoor spaces:

  • Temporary Patio Extensions within Private Property – this option will allow new temporary patios and temporary expansions of existing restaurant and bar patios within private property, including parking lots.
  • Temporary Patio Extensions on Municipal Property or within the Public Right of Way – this option will allow creating or expanding patios on municipal property, including public rights of way (sidewalks).

Temporary patios will only be permitted for established restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments. Businesses must have a valid business license/registration to operate. Accessible parking spaces must remain available for parking use and access, and temporary patio extensions may not be located within a designated fire route or sight triangles. A reasonable number of standard parking spaces should be maintained to serve restaurant and bar patrons.

An application for a Temporary Patio Expansion is available on the City’s website and can be submitted online to the City Clerk’s Office. The application review process and timelines will be streamlined for restaurant owners, while protecting the health and safety of staff during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on getting a permit, visit the Patio Brampton page.

The City of Brampton is committed to the community’s collective recovery from COVID-19 and the health and safety of staff and residents. Patio Brampton will ensure businesses can continue to operate safely while respecting physical distancing measures and any other public health guidelines or orders issued by the Government of Ontario.

Economic Recovery Strategy
Local businesses play a key role in Brampton’s economy. Last month, Brampton City Council approved Brampton’s Economic Recovery Strategy, which includes actions to support small businesses, restaurants and tourism. As part of this strategy, the City launched its “Support Local” campaign encouraging residents to explore, select and buy local during COVID-19 and beyond.

For more information on the City’s efforts to support the community in response to COVID-19, visit www.brampton.ca/COVID19 or follow @CityBrampton on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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“As we move into Stage 2 and our restaurants open up their patios, we want to ensure we support them in expanding their spaces quickly to maximize their service potential while ensuring they follow physical distancing guidelines from Peel Public Health and the Province. Let’s all take full advantage of the many wonderful patios we have in Brampton this summer while we support our local restaurants.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“We have a great variety of restaurants in our diverse city. As we move into recovery, it’s now more important than ever that we Support Local. The Patio Brampton program will allow our local restaurants to provide more space for us to enjoy the summer weather on their patios while we try new foods and support our local businesses.”
- Paul Vicente, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5; Co-lead, Economic Support Task Force; City of Brampton

“I’d like to encourage our local restaurants to consider applying for an extended patio licence through the Patio Brampton program. We are committed to making the process as straightforward as possible to allow for businesses to quickly have the ability to provide safe, expanded service for our community.”
- Michael Palleschi, Regional Councillor, Wards 2 & 6; Co-lead, Economic Support Task Force; City of Brampton

“Our Reopening and Recovery Working Group has been working to ensure we are prepared for each phase of reopening, while striking the right balance between supporting our economy and keeping public safety a top priority. The reopening of our city’s patios is a key element of our recovery and we are committed to making it as seamless as possible.”
- Martin Medeiros, Regional Councillor, Wards 3 & 4; Lead, Reopening and Recovery Working Group

“Council and staff are committed to supporting local businesses as they recover from the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to protect the health and safety of staff and residents. Staff will work diligently to process permits and applications under the Patio Brampton program so that bars and restaurants can again serve our community safely.”
- David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

“Getting quick approvals is an urgent matter for many restaurants this year. Kudos to the City of Brampton for expediting the approval of restaurant patio extensions, city-wide. This policy helps local restaurants to safely serve their customers during a pandemic-shortened summer season. Thank you Mayor, Council and staff.”
Todd Letts, CEO, Brampton Board of Trade