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City waives patio fees for local businesses

North Bay, ON – June 10, 2020 – The City of North Bay is waiving all fees associated with the creation of new or expanded outdoor patio spaces to help support local businesses as they prepare to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes any potential building permit fees, applicable parking fees under the existing Sidewalk Patio Program and municipal alcohol license approvals and extensions issued through the City Clerk’s Office for the 2020 season.  

“Many businesses have been hard hit by this pandemic and we remain committed to helping our local bars and restaurants, retailers and other establishments recover,” said Mayor Al McDonald. “We were able to act very quickly following Monday’s provincial announcement to implement this measure and help make reopening a little easier.”

The Ontario Government announced this week that additional businesses and services will be allowed to reopen on Friday with proper health and safety measures in place, including outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties.

In addition to the waiving of fees, the expansion of the existing Sidewalk Patio Program in the Downtown to support the use of sidewalks for outdoor retail space was also approved by Council Wednesday during a Special Meeting.

“We’re working to assist businesses with reopening as safely as possible by making it easier for them to create more space for their customers,” said Deputy Mayor Tanya Vrebosch.  “We hope that this will be one less worry for them as they work to restart their operations.”

Guidelines developed by the City to assist local businesses in the creation of new or expanded outdoor patio spaces, including information about when a permit may be required are available at

For an up-to-date list of COVID-19-affected municipal services and facilities, please visit

Gord Young
Communications Officer (705) 474-0626 x.2505