As restaurants, bars, lounges, and cafes close for indoor dining to slow the spread of COVID-19, patio dining is still permitted and the Town of Drumheller is waiving fees and expediting patio permits to help local businesses.
Drumheller will waive patio permit fees for patios on private property, expediting patio permit applications and loaning outdoor furniture to restaurants throughout the valley.
“Council approved a policy for patios on public land early 2019,” begins Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski. “The town supplied patio furniture and installed three patios downtown over the last two years. We’re excited at the potential to add more seating to our downtown core and other areas around our community, especially during these challenging times.”
Restaurants and businesses that would like a new patio, or an extension of an existing patio on private land will have the development permit application fee of $65 waived. Patios on public land do not have a fee, however, a permit application is still required.
The development department at Town Hall will be focusing on expediting the applications.
To license a patio for alcohol services applicants must work with Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis to obtain proper licensing. If applicants are serving food, they must work with Alberta Health Services.
“We’re fortunate to have many restaurants with beautiful patio spaces, and it’s great to see the town working hard to make it easier for those wanting patios to get them built. The Chamber is happy to work alongside business owners to coach them through the process if needed,” shares Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce services coordinator Marley Henneigh. “The Chamber has been making social media posts for folks to share their favorite patios and picnic spots around the community. We hear the concerns and frustration from businesses, and hope people will continue supporting all local businesses.”