Sidewalk seating provides animation, vibrancy and – when designed appropriately – contributes to positive visitor experiences in Banff.
To encourage sidewalk cafes while also respecting urban design principles, the Town of Banff follows the Sidewalk Seating/Café Policy C7005 (PDF). This policy outlines the criteria for the establishment of restaurant seating within the public realm.
In order to qualify for Banff's Sidewalk Seating Program, applicants must:
have Eating and Drinking Establishment or Grocery Store approval,
have Business Frontage at grade,
be located in the CD Commercial Downtown Land Use District; and,
be able to demonstrate the sidewalk can accommodate restaurant seating and maintain required Pedestrian Zones as described by Council policy.
To complete a Sidewalk Seating Application, the following is required: