Town Council votes to support patio expansions and increase food truck licenses Print Article Font Size
The Province of BC, along with organizations representing the food and beverage industry, have been encouraging local governments to expand the scope and nature of temporary licenses in terms of food trucks and sidewalk cafes as a way of facilitating economic recovery throughout the province.
 
This, in addition to requests from local business owners, prompted Council and staff to review the Town’s Temporary License of Occupation (TLO) Policy, and on June 2 Council voted to approve a number of amendments to the policy.

“We are happy to see some of our local businesses reopening,” said Mayor Ron Oszust. “And as we restart our local economy, we need to be flexible and innovative within our community. Beyond the pandemic, these changes will not only provide more opportunities for local businesses, but will also enhance the experience of residents and tourists now and in the future.”

Amendments to the TLO Policy include:
  • Increasing the density of street cafes from 10 per cent to 25 per cent of available parking stalls within a linear town ‘block’.
  • The expansion of license offerings for Food Trucks from two to five, with two being reserved only for those also concurrently running a restaurant.
  • The number of individual seasonal vendors outside of an event (farmers market) has been set at five.
  • The number of each license type that may occupy a license area at any one time is five.
  • The addition of a new category of licensee was introduced, being the Mobile Street Vendor – an ice cream truck/cart type of apparatus.

Every restaurant across the province has had to reduce the amount of seating they can offer in order to maintain physical distancing requirements. These changes will allow some business owners to move their indoor seating outside to accommodate more patrons, or hit the streets and service people in five outdoor locations.
 
There are currently two licensed Food Trucks with the Town of Golden, leaving three more licenses available for application.There are three licensed sidewalk cafes.

Staff will be working in the coming months to develop a bylaw framework to support the policy with measures to apply fines for non-compliance of certain components of it. For more information about TLO’s, including the application form, visit golden.ca/tlo or email tlo@golden.ca