Public Input on Guidelines, Rules, and Fees for Sidewalk Cafés and Displays

The City of Toronto is reviewing application and permit fees, as well as the bylaws that govern sidewalk cafés and displays operating on the public right-of-way/sidewalks. The review includes looking at the space required for walking and movement for people with disabilities, and how those requirements will affect existing holders of café and marketing permits.

Fees proposed earlier this year have been revised after the City received input from the restaurant industry and other stakeholders. The revised proposal will result in a modest fee increase for most permit holders, while some will see their permit fees lowered.

Two public meetings will be held to give residents and businesses an opportunity to view the proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback on the proposed fees.

Public meetings:

  • Tuesday, June 13 from 2 to 4 p.m., City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.
  • Tuesday, June 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 5100 Yonge St.

Livestreaming of the June 13 meeting will be available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCch85CnI_WEYnicVpC22E0A.

For residents unable to attend the meeting, input can be provided at http://www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay.

A report recommending a revised sidewalk café bylaw, updated guidelines and fees is expected to be submitted to a joint meeting of the Licensing and Standards and Public Works Committees this fall.