The Stormont Dundas Glengarry Counties Council officially approved the waiving of application fees for 2021 street-side patio construction in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
While the $130 fee represents a small part of the total expenditure a business is likely to invest in a street-side patio, councillors agreed that making the approval process as streamlined as possible in the time of COVID-19 is important.
“With the pandemic continuing to have a terrible impact on the local restaurant industry, we’re hoping that small gestures such as the waiving of application fees will help to spur a recovery for these all-important small businesses,” said SDG Warden Frank Prevost.
The application fee for street-side patios is based on cost-recovery, and encompasses the expenses associated with reviewing plans, site inspections and time connected with reviewing and approving the application.
The Counties’ street-side patio allowances are governed by Bylaw 5152. Business owners wishing to create a street-side patio must complete a pre-consultation with both the local municipality where the business is located, as well as the United Counties. An acceptable sketch of the street-side patio must be submitted as well.
For more information on street-side patios in SDG, and to download an application, visit sdgcounties.ca/ economic-development/street-side-patios.