Sidewalk Cafes and Marketing Displays Public Input Opportunity

Boulevard_Cafe.jpgThe City of Toronto is conducting a review of the bylaws governing sidewalk cafés and marketing displays on the public right-of-way (sidewalks). The intent of the review is to harmonize the six different bylaws that currently regulate these activities as well as review permit fees.

At the same time, guidelines are being created to inform the design and layout of sidewalk cafés to ensure that cafés and sidewalks are safe and accessible.

A draft bylaw and guidelines have been developed with the help of input from a series of public consultation meetings and surveys that were conducted with stakeholders in 2014. A new bylaw will ensure that consistent standards and permit processes apply across Toronto.

Starting next week, the City is holding five information sessions to obtain input on the direction of the draft bylaw and guidelines. The session on Monday, September 21 is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All other sessions will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Monday, September 21: Metro Hall (Room 314)
  • Tuesday, September 29: Etobicoke Civic Centre (Main Boardroom)
  • Wednesday, October 7: East York Civic Centre (Council Chamber)
  • Wednesday, October 14: North York Civic Centre (Committee Room 1)
  • Thursday, October 15: Scarborough Civic Centre (Committee Room 1)

Background information about the review can be found at

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