Introduction & Project Background
The City of Toronto is reviewing permit fees, as well as the design for sidewalk cafés and marketing displays.
An update to the by-laws is needed to:
- Provide more café design options to businesses
- Create an accessible, age-friendly Toronto
- Create one set of regulations city-wide to reduce confusion and inconsistency.
Over the past two years the City has reviewed existing regulations on sidewalk cafés and displays, including consultation and engagement with business owners, Business Improvement Areas, the public, and accessibility stakeholders.
What we heard so far includes:
- We love café patios & shopping locally and want more café design options & flexibility
- Need wider sidewalks, there are too many obstacles & need to zig zag when walking
- Sidewalks are too crowded and unsafe when people step off the curb to walk in the roadway
- Businesses are worried about rule changes and large fee increases
Key ProposalsBased on the process to date, the City is proposing three main components to finalize cafe and marketing by-laws:
- Support residents and pedestrians
- Support local businesses
- Take a balanced approach to implementation