The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will speed up the process for hospitality businesses looking to set up patios during the latest COVID-19 restrictions. Under the most recent restrictions, indoor dining is prohibited, but patio dining is allowed. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will speed up the process for hospitality businesses looking to set up patios during the latest COVID-19 restrictions. Under the most recent restrictions, indoor dining is prohibited, but patio dining is allowed. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen speeds up patio permit approval

Initiative to help hospitality businesses affected by latest COVID-19 restrictions

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is taking action to support commercial hospitality businesses while restrictions are in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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On Friday afternoon, April 9, the regional district announced it would expedite building permit applications related to the expansion of decks or patio coverings at businesses that may otherwise not be able to operate their indoor spaces.

“Many hospitality businesses are looking to expand restaurant, bistros and tasting rooms while the COVID-19 restrictions are in place,” said Rick Knodel, director for Electoral Area C. “Expediting the permit application process will help local businesses continue to operate during these difficult times.”

Given the current pandemic restrictions, the regional district will ensure permit applications are processed as quickly as possible.

Applicants should be aware, potential delays could result from plans which are submitted with insufficient information, or in cases where engineering work or variances are required.

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