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Calgary bars, restaurants to continue using public land for the upcoming patio season

CALGARY – The city of Calgary will allow bars, restaurants and cafes to use public land for temporary terraces this year as pandemic-related capacity restrictions remain.

The initiative, launched in spring 2020, enables companies to apply for the use of city property – including sidewalks, parking lots or street sections – for additional seating.

The city is prioritizing applications for temporary terraces and has waived the building permit, professional permit, and temporary permit fees.

“Every inch of space they can get, especially the restaurant industry, while complying with Alberta Health regulations is important,” said Sonya Sharp, director of the Calgary City Business and Economics team.

According to city officials, more than 100 companies were allowed to build temporary terraces on public land in 2020.

The city has started accepting applications for the upcoming terrace season. Business owners seeking permission for a temporary patio are encouraged to call 403-268-5311 or visit the City of Calgary – My Business

With files from Jordan Kanygin from CTV

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