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Sidewalk Seating PolicySidewalk Seating Policy Review
Council adopted Policy 109 Sidewalk Seating on January 11 2010 to establish the management of temporary seating on public sidewalk. The policy outlined design criteria, procedures for approvals in order to enhance to the sidewalk areas on the downtown area. The sidewalk seating policy is now eight years old and is in need of review to ensure the program continues to meet council expectations with regards to user fees, policy objectives and community priorities.

At the February 26, 2018 council meeting, council directed administration to return with changes to the sidewalk seating policy:
  • To increase sidewalk seating fees based on level of service and number of chairs, 
  • To remove sidewalk seating within the pedestrian zones on Wolf and Caribou Street, 
  • To provide more detailed standards for the enforcement of sidewalk seating; and, 
  • To provide guideline amendments following recent changes to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) Liquor Licence Handbook. 
  • Minutes of the February 26, 2018 council meeting

An updated Sidewalk Seating Policy, Schedule ‘O’ of the Fees and Charges Bylaw, and accompanying staff report including a summary of stakeholder feedback, financial implications, enforcement standards and AGLC changes will be presented at the April 9, 2018 regular council meeting.

If you have questions or wish to provide feedback you can contact development planner Jennifer Laforest at or 403.762.1216.