Starting today, the improved CaféTO curb lane program opens to local restaurant and bar owners and operators interested in expanding their dining space outdoors. For those looking to register for 2024 curb lane café permits, online applications will be accepted until Friday, March 1, with the expectation that at least 90 per cent of approved curb lane cafés will be installed by the Victoria Day weekend.
Returning CaféTO operators
Starting today, City staff will contact 2023 operators with instructions on how to renew their permit. This process may take a few days.
For those in new pilot BIAs and pilot BIAs who have submitted changes for their operators curb lane café sizes, the agreed new curb lane size will be reflected in their invoice and the traffic plan when circulated.
New applicants should review the CaféTO Curb Lane Café Guidebook for program requirements. Applicants can also sign up for virtual information sessions and one-on-one consultations to assist with their application. Applications must be submitted online at www.toronto.ca/cafeTO.
Once applications are received, City staff will work with operators to create traffic management plans that balance the needs of other businesses, including loading zones, garbage/recycling pickup zones, cycling infrastructure and pedestrian walkways.
Key dates for the 2024 CaféTO curb lane cafés summer season
- Monday, January 15 to Friday, March 1 – Application and renewals open online
- Friday, March 15 to Monday, April 15 – Temporary accessible platform designs are due
- Victoria Day Weekend – At least 90 per cent of curb lane cafés installed
- Saturday, June 1 – Temporary accessible platform installation deadline