The City of Red Deer is allowing businesses to install patios prior to permits being issued.
Following the mandated closure of indoor dining by the Alberta government, outdoor patios are one way food and beverage businesses can continue to operate.
“Patios installed on private property require a development permit and may require a building permit,” the city said in a press release Friday.
“In an effort to offer immediate assistance to businesses, the city is modifying these processes to allow for installation of patios prior to permits being issued, following discussions with the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce.”
A signed waiver is required by the business owner, allowing for the immediate installation of the patio.
“The business owner will be responsible for submitting a complete application, including a site plan outlining the location and measurements of the patio and the number of seats, within two weeks of the signed waiver being submitted.
“The permit will continue to be processed, ensuring safety and legislative requirements are met, and will be valid until Sept. 30.”
For patios within the downtown core, business owners are required to apply for a seasonal downtown patio.
Businesses within the downtown core require a boardwalk to be installed around the perimeter of the patio to provide a safe, accessible walkway for pedestrians (this excludes businesses located within Ross Street patio). The city will build, install, remove and store these boardwalks at no cost to participating businesses.
Interested business owners can visit www.reddeer.ca/seasonalpatios for more information and to begin the application process.