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Public Consultation: Rules and Fees for Sidewalk Cafes & Displays

The City is looking for public input invited on guidelines, rules and fees for sidewalk cafes and displays

Municipal Licensing and Standards and Transportation Services are reviewing application and permit fees, as well as bylaws that govern sidewalk cafés and displays operating on the public right-of-way. This includes looking at the space required for walking and movement for persons with disabilities, and how this will impact existing café and marketing permit holders.

The proposed permit fees were revised following feedback received earlier this year from the restaurant industry, and from other stakeholders including City Councillors. The revised permit fee proposal that was considered in April by Licensing and Standards Committee will result in a modest increase for most permit holders, while some will see their permit fees lowered.

Two public meetings are being held to provide an opportunity for residents and businesses to view proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback on the proposed fees. Information presented at these consultations will build on the recent “Framework for Harmonization” report that was considered by the Licensing and Standards Committee.

The meetings will be held on:

 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 Chambers, 5100 Yonge St.

Livestreaming of the June 13 meeting’s proceedings will be available at

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 Committee in fall 2017.

More info: Hamish Goodwin, 8-5763, or email

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