The City of Markham has extended its Temporary Use Zoning Bylaw for temporary extended patios, until December 31, 2021 to support the local economy as businesses, artists and entrepreneurs continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19.
This program was introduced during the first wave of the global pandemic to provide a no fee, simplified process for temporary extended outdoor patios to keep staff and patrons safe and support the local economy.
For 2021, the extended program application requirements are as follows:
All existing temporary extended patios located on private property can continue to operate without having to re-apply
Permits for temporary extended patios located on City boulevards or on City property expired on November 1, 2020 and a new application must be submitted for 2021
Applications are now being accepted for new temporary extended patios on City boulevards or on City property
All tents and canopies used in these areas must be in compliance with the Ontario Building Code and require a separate permit.
Businesses must ensure that they follow public health guidelines, provincial COVID-19 regulations, as well as licensing requirements under the amended Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA).