On December 15, 2020, Regional Council approved amendments to By-law S-1000, which permits seasonal sidewalk café owners to apply for an annual sidewalk café license which may not have been permitted in the past.
What should I know before applying for a winter patio?
All plans, including existing cafés that are considering no modifications, will need to be reviewed by internal staff groups including Winter Operations and Halifax Fire. This may delay approval or result in denial of the annual license.
The business owner will be responsible for all snow removal on the patio and the temporary sidewalk. Windrows created by municipal plowing activities due to patio obstructions will also be the responsibility of the business owner. More information on snow removal may be found on the Winter Operations page.
What do I need to apply for a winter patio?
The following documents are to be submitted to the Licensing Authority:
- Updated permission letter from the property owner
- Updated insurance certificate confirming coverage
- Updated plans if any part of the café is going to change (i.e. heaters, weather resistant coverings, etc.). If there are no changes please provide confirmation in writing to the Licensing Authority
I’ve been approved for a winter patio! How long is the license valid for?
The annual license will be valid 1 year from the date the license is issued.
Do I need another inspection completed before I get the license?
Yes, all cafes will require an additional inspection before a license is issued. Once you have received your permission letter from the Licensing Authority, please phone 311 when you are ready to schedule an inspection.
Is there a cost associated with applying for a winter patio?
On May 26,2020 Regional Council approved the amendments to Administrative Order 15 which waived the fees for sidewalk cafes for the period of May 27, 2020 until December 31, 2020.
Business owners that apply and are approved for a winter patio annual license prior to December 31, 2020 will qualify to have sidewalk café fees waived. If an application for an annual license is received after December 31st, standard sidewalk café fees will apply.