Notice – Sidewalk Café Consultation Sessions

Public input invited on Sidewalk Café and Marketing Displays By-law Harmonization and on Guidelines for Sidewalk Cafés
The City of Toronto is conducting a review of the bylaws governing sidewalk cafes and
marketing displays on the public right-of-way (sidewalks). Currently there are 6 different
by-laws regulating these activities. The objective of the review is to harmonize these bylaws so that consistent standards and permit processes apply across the city; and to
review permit fees for these sidewalk uses. At the same time, guidelines are being
created to help inform the design and layout of sidewalk cafes to ensure sidewalks, and
cafes located on sidewalks, are both safe and accessible.
The draft bylaw and guidelines have been developed based on feedback from a series of
public consultation meetings and surveys conducted with stakeholders in the fall and
winter of 2014.
The City is holding the following information sessions to obtain input on the direction of
the draft bylaw and guidelines. The first session, on Monday September 21, is from
6:30pm – 8:30pm. All remaining sessions are from 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday, September 21: Metro Hall (Room 314)
Tuesday, September 29: Etobicoke Civic Centre (Main Boardroom)
Wednesday, October 7: East York Civic Centre (Council Chambers)
Wednesday, October 14: North York Civic Centre (Committee Room 1)
Thursday, October 15: Scarborough Civic Centre (Committee Room 1)
Disability accommodations may be provided with 10 days advance notice.
Please contact Hamish Goodwin at 416-338-5763 or if you have
questions about the harmonization of the sidewalk café and marketing by-laws.
Questions about the Sidewalk Café Guidelines can be directed to Chris Ronson at 416-
392-8008 or
Visit for more details about the review.