New guidelines meant to encourage more Burlington restaurant patios


Published February 27, 2024 at 11:14 am

The City of Burlington hopes new rules for outdoor patios will encourage more patrons to visit local businesses.

Changes to this seasonal program will speed up the process that allows entrepreneurs to open or expand patios on private property by eliminating some of the red tape and creating more opportunities.

The new guidelines will go into effect this spring.

“Our outdoor patios are well loved and used by visitors and residents alike,” said Mayor Marianne Meed Ward. “We took what we learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and expanded it to create beautiful, pedestrian-friendly and accessible outdoor spaces on both private and public lands across Burlington.”

Restaurants will still have to get City approval if they intend to serve alcohol.

As well, Burlington will again collect fees for temporary patios on public property such as sidewalks. These fees were waived during the COVID-19 pandemic to help businesses recover.

Business owners can start applying for their patio permits in March.




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