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Sidewalk Seating Permits
Sidewalk CafeSidewalk seating provides animation, vibrancy and – when designed appropriately – contributes to positive visitor experiences in Banff.

To encourage sidewalk cafes while also respecting urban design principles, the Town of Banff follows the Sidewalk Seating/Café Policy C7005 (PDF). This policy outlines the criteria for the establishment of restaurant seating within the public realm.

In order to qualify for Banff’s Sidewalk Seating Program, applicants must:
  • have Eating and Drinking Establishment or Grocery Store approval, 
  • have Business Frontage at grade, 
  • be located CD Commercial Downtown Land Use District; and, 
  • be able to demonstrate the sidewalk can accommodate restaurant seating and maintain required Pedestrian Zones as described by Council policy. 

To complete a Sidewalk Seating Application, the following is required:

The fees for Sidewalk Seating can be found in Schedule O of the Fees and Charges Bylaw (PDF) and are based on the level of service provided.

Questions regarding program eligibility and Sidewalk Seating/Café Application requirements can be directed to Planning and Development at 403.762.1215.

For more information on the Bear Street Woonerff.