North Huron approves outdoor dining, liquor licensing for this summer

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NORTH HURON –North Huron council approved the temporary extension of liquor licenses for patios and outdoor dining for 2021, similar to what happened in 2020.

Businesses can open outdoor patios this summer after the township received several requests from local companies to do so, according to a report prepared by Clerk Carson Lamb.

The township will issue letters of non-objection when temporary extensions of outdoor patio spaces and temporary liquor license extensions applications meet all current municipal standards or bylaws.

The established approvals process used by the township is as follows:

1. The township receives a notification letter, sketch, or plan of the proposed extended licensed area from the business and property owner approval (if required).

2. The letter and sketch or plan are circulated to all relevant municipal staff (building department, fire, public works, zoning) for review and comment.

3. The clerk provides the applicant with a letter of non-objection on behalf of the township only when the proposed extension meets all current municipal standards and bylaws.

Applicants must provide a detailed letter outlining the following:

- Establishment name, business contact information, exact location, and capacity of the proposed extended licensed area (including any permanent or temporary tiered seating).

- The sketch or plan must clearly show the exact dimensions of the proposed extended licensed area (including any permanent or temporary tiered seating).

- Applicants must include the exact location of the area in relation to the licensed premises (must be adjacent to the existing licensed premises).

- The height and type of fencing that will be used must also be included in the letter.

- The proposed extended area must be easily distinguishable from other areas to which the proposed temporary extension does not apply (this information may be in detailed letter or drawing).

- Finally, if the proposed extended area is rented or leased, the owner or landlord must provide a letter of approval.

The current temporary measures are in effect until Jan. 1, 2022 at 3 a.m.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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