The Town of Okotoks has extended the temporary patio program until May1, 2021 so local businesses can extend outdoor service into the winter months.
“Many businesses are finding ways to offer outdoor dining and services through the use of heated igloos and other temporary structures,” said Colton Nickel development planner with the Town. “By extending the program until May, local businesses can take advantage of these innovative opportunities to expand their space temporarily so they can serve more customers while still following Alberta Health Services directives.”
There is a streamlined, free, process where businesses only have to ensure their proposed outdoor extension complies with the Temporary Outdoor Patio & Retail Space Guidelines and then submit an executed Declaration Form to the Town.
There is no permit or formal approval required. Once the Declaration form has been submitted, businesses can proceed to create their patios in line with all of the requirements in the guidelines. The business owner will need to provide a plan or drawing of the intended space to the Town prior to creating it.
“The Town has made this process as simple and quick as possible,” said Nickel. “We want to ensure our local businesses can be using this extra space as soon as possible.”
The forms and guidelines are available on the Town’s website at okotoks.ca/patios or call 403.995.2760 for more information.