The City of Castlegar has approved a sidewalk vendor bylaw to support outdoor patios and vending.
The new bylaw replaces the Open Streets Pilot Project by introducing specifications for storefront retail and patios and providing certainty by creating a long-term program through regulation.
Open Streets was initiated in 2020 and extended to 2021 in response to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The project allowed retail and food and beverage services to extend outside through storefront vending and outdoor patios on private and public spaces.
11 businesses participated in the pilot project, ranging from restaurants and coffee shops to retailers.
“We are very happy to be able to transition this popular program to a long-term option in response to what we heard from Castlegar businesses,” says the city’s manager of planning Meeri Durand. “Businesses have been through so much and have been willing to try new things so the city is here to support them doing things differently.”
Businesses can apply to participate now. More information is available at castlegar.ca/getoutside.