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Nelson council waives fees for restaurant patios, shortens time frame

Patios may run May to September, with shorter time for extended patios
Broken Hill co-owner Chad Hansen at the restaurant’s patio in April 2021. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson City Council, at its Dec. 7 meeting, voted to adopt a new policy on downtown restaurant patios for the coming year.

Fees for patios will be waived until the end of 2022.

Patios may open as of May 1 and run until Sept. 30. There will be no winter patios this year.

For patio extensions, in which a restaurant extends its patio into the frontage of a neighbouring business with the permission of that business, fees will be charged at a rate of the greater of $300 or $48.50 per square metre, and $300 per parking stall taken up.

Patio extensions may not open until July 1 and may stay open until Sept. 30.


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Bill Metcalfe

About the Author: Bill Metcalfe

I have lived in Nelson since 1994 and worked as a reporter at the Nelson Star since 2015.
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