Pop-up Patios in Brant County

BRANT COUNTY – Brant County restaurant and bar owners have been given the go-ahead to build temporary patios on public and private property with the appropriate approval from the county’s Economic Development and Tourism Department.

The temporary allowance, to increase patio space through a special events process, will help distribute capacity while meeting physical distancing measures. Brant County council approved the idea at Tuesday’s virtual meeting.

Ward 2 Councillor, Steve Howes, says establishments may create or expand temporary patios from now until October 18th of this year.

County staff will review all applications and concept plans from businesses to ensure universal accessibility, public safety, and compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Business owners wishing to extend the width of their proposed patio would need to receive written consent from the neighbouring property owners.

The county also says it will work with restaurants quickly to process their applications.