If you like to enjoy a cold beverage on a patio on a hot summer’s day or night… great news! The City of Hamilton is making the on-street patio program permanent! Read the city’s release:
HAMILTON, ON – March 10, 2017 – This week, City of Hamilton Council approved the creation of a permanent on-street patio program. The program allows local businesses, who follow specific criteria, to establish temporary seasonal patios and seating areas (from May 1 to October 31) utilizing on-street parking spaces within Business Improvement Areas and Community Improvement Plan Areas.
About the On-Street Patio Program
Find more information about the On-Street Patio Program by visiting www.hamilton.ca/onstreetpatios. The 2017 submission deadline is April 1 at 4:30 pm. After the deadline, applications will continue to be accepted on a first come first serve basis.
The on-street patio program fits with the City’s philosophy of being “Open for Business” and was introduced as a pilot program in 2016. After last season, City staff met with eight business operators who participated in the pilot. All eight operators felt that the pilot was a success and fully supported a permanent program.
In addition, 350 patio patrons were surveyed. Of the 113 responses, 97% were in support of the patio program and staff received no negative feedback about the pilot program. View the staff report for more background information.