|Outdoor / sidewalk cafés add to the vibrancy of street life in Downtown Medicine Hat. For an existing restaurant or bar to develop an outdoor café, various approvals are required to take into consideration any impacts to the surrounding community or streets and to help ensure the compatibility of the proposal and the safety and enjoyment of patrons.
Each situation is unique and there are a number of rules that must be met to determine whether any of the types of layouts can be accommodated, but in general the following applies:
Outdoor patios/cafés can potentially be located:
Types of sidewalk / outdoor cafés and approvals required
There are three potential types or layouts that can be considered for an outdoor/sidewalk café. In terms of required approvals, development permit requirements apply to private land, and Streets Bylaw requirements apply to city land (sidewalk or road right-of-way), so depending on the type of outdoor café proposed, a development permit AND/OR Streets Bylaw approval may be required as indicated below.
Please note that Development permits are not required for sidewalk patios that are completely on public property (City sidewalk / street), however, Streets Bylaw approval is required.
Type 1: Outdoor Café within a parking area of a use on the same private parcel. A Development Permit is required.
Type 2: Outdoor Café adjoining a public sidewalk:
A) Footprint on private sidewalk wholly within Private Parcel. A Development Permit is required. Applicant must be aware of property line.
Type 3: Sidewalk Café requiring redirection of pedestrians to temporary sidewalk deck constructed in curb lane.
A) Footprint is on both private parcel and city public sidewalk, a development permit and Streets Bylaw approval are required.
To apply for an outdoor / sidewalk café, follow these steps:
Approvals for outdoor cafés are granted on a temporary basis, typically from the end of May to the end of September. Be sure to re-apply before your approval lapses. Remember to read the conditions of approval for your Development Permit and/or Street Bylaw approval.
If you have any questions about your approval please contact the department that issued the permit for clarification.