Today, City Council extended Mississauga’s Temporary Patio Program and amended the Temporary Use By-law to allow restaurants, bars and other food service establishments to operate their temporary outdoor patios until December 31, 2021. As part of the extension, these companies may also install temporary tents / covered areas and heaters in their patios, in accordance with provincial and municipal regulations, to ensure that they can continue to serve customers during periods of time. winter months.
âThis is a vital step in helping our restaurants through the next year,â said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. âWe know what a devastating impact COVID-19 has had on all of our restaurants and small businesses. By allowing businesses to continue operating their temporary outdoor decks and allowing temporary outdoor tents and heaters, restaurants can continue to serve customers in all types of weather while adhering to all health and safety protocols. COVID-19. “
On July 8, 2020, Council adopted the Temporary Use By-law to authorize outdoor terraces incidental to restaurants, local restaurants and take-out restaurants on private and public properties until December 31, 2020. A program of Temporary terraces was also approved to help restaurants meet City conditions when setting up their terraces on public lands. As of today, temporary outdoor terraces on private and public land are authorized until December 31, 2021.
âWe have a dedicated team that works directly with restaurateurs to help them understand the steps to follow if they want to install a temporary outdoor patio, extend their existing permit, or install a temporary tent, siding or heaterâ a said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Construction. âThis is an important initiative, and our team is working hard to ensure that all requests are reviewed and processed in a timely manner. “
Temporary outdoor patios
Restaurants with temporary terraces on public property may submit a request for an extension of their permit. Requests to extend existing permits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that the temporary patio and surrounding area meet the requirements.
An establishment wishing to install a new temporary terrace on public land can also always apply for a permit.
Temporary tents / covered areas
Restaurants wishing to set up a temporary tent or a covered space on their temporary terrace on public land will need to obtain written authorization from the City. Restaurant owners will be able to indicate whether they wish to set up a temporary tent or a covered space when requesting an extension or obtaining their temporary patio permit.
Temporary tents or covered areas set up on public and private land must comply with all provincial and municipal regulations.
Restaurants wishing to install a heater on their temporary patio on public land will need to obtain written authorization from the City. Restaurants will be able to indicate whether they wish to install a heater when they request an extension or obtain their temporary patio permit.
Restaurants are permitted to use a heater on their outdoor patio as long as it meets patio heater safety guidelines as outlined by the Technical Standards & Safety Authority. Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services will inspect all outdoor decks equipped with heaters to ensure conditions are met.
Restaurants with existing temporary patios will be contacted directly by the City regarding the expansion of their patio and the installation of a temporary tent or heater. More information on the City’s temporary patio program is also available online at mississauga.ca/temporary-patio-program.
Businesses can also access additional recovery support and resources from thefutureisunlimited.ca/covid-19/.
To stay informed of the impacts of COVID-19 on City services, please visit mississauga.ca/recovery or call 311
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200, ext. 8537