Permanent summer patio program poised for approval in Burlington


Published November 27, 2023 at 9:08 pm

Outdoor patios may become a permanent fixture for restaurants and other Burlington businesses during the warm weather months.

The City of Burlington is currently looking at separate regulations that would allow the continual operation of patios on both public and private property on a city-wide basis.

While some patios were allowed as early as 2015, they became popular starting in 2020 in response to the pandemic. The program was subsequently carried over each year mostly in the downtown area as businesses welcomed back customers in the post-COVID-19 days.

Under the new program, some patios will be allowed on public spaces such as sidewalks as well as in controlled outdoor areas. Permit fees will be attached.

A report going to a City committee next week points out that past experience has shown the patios are successful and contribute to the financial viability of businesses as well as the cultural well-being of the community.

The report says a permanent program will provide certainty to operators as well as create safe and accessible spaces for customers to enjoy.

In 2023 the patios were allowed to operate from April 15 to Oct. 31

While restaurants are the most obvious participants, other businesses are allowed to take part including specialty stores, nightclubs and supermarkets.

Last summer 27 businesses operated patios under the program

If adopted by the committee, the new patio rules will have to go to City council for final approval.






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