The City of Calgary announced Tuesday it was extending support to Calgary businesses by continuing to allow patios on public land, prioritizing those applications, and waiving development permit, license of occupation and temporary permission fees for the upcoming season.
The fee relief was first introduced last May and will continue into this year’s patio season, as the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing and has created unprecedented economic challenges for Calgary businesses. This year’s program begins sooner to give owners ample time to prepare, it said in a news release.
“It’s not only our citizens that are benefiting from our patio season starting a little earlier, but it’s really important for our businesses to have another year of fee relief. 2020 was hard for everyone. This gives us some optimism for 2021,” said Sonya Sharp, Leader of the Business and Local Economy team. The group’s focus is equipping businesses with resources and information to strengthen their resilience and streamlining services and processes to attract and support business opportunities. “It’s really important for The City of Calgary to take steps like this because process and fees are in our control. There are a lot of things that are out of our control. If we can alleviate this for the business community, we’re doing what we can. It also sets the bar for other cities – it helps us be competitive. If you can open up a patio faster in Calgary than in other cities, then we should be promoting that.”
The full press release with more info can be found here.