Wishing to support businesses in the area, which have been hit hard since the start of the pandemic, the City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield authorizes street cooking in addition to improving the temporary flexibility of municipal regulations regarding outdoor terraces and signage.
Restaurant owners in Valleyfield will be able from May 15th to October 20th, 2021, temporarily install mobile equipment on their property allowing them to operate a street kitchen. Selling meals, food and drinks outdoors may attract customers who are always looking for experiences. Concretely, this pilot project will make it possible to install a cart, a kiosk or even a food truck on private property, near the business, in order to prepare and serve meals and beverages.
Note that in addition to making a request to the MAPAQ and obtaining it, the restaurant owner must, prior to installation, submit a plan to the Urban Planning, Permits and Inspection department to obtain a certificate of authorization free of charge.
Temporary marquees and terraces
In addition, for the same period, restaurant owners may exceptionally install temporary terraces, in order to increase their reception capacity. Three terrace options are possible: on green spaces owned by the restaurant owner; on its parking lot, ie a maximum of 30% of the spaces; and, in the larger city, on the sidewalks and on the parking space (s) in front of the respective establishment. The City also authorizes, under certain conditions, restaurant owners/retailers to install marquees on their property.
These installations will require the utmost respect for health measures, when permitted by Public Health. In cases where the terrace is on private property or adjacent to a restaurant, authorization from Public Health is required for this arrangement, seen as an extension of the dining room.
The City also emphasizes the importance of obtaining an authorization from the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux du Québec (RACJ) for restaurants serving alcohol, regardless of the alternative used, if the level of alert to the region authorizes it. For more details on the procedure to follow, simply contact the Local Development Center.
In addition, in order to give merchants the opportunity to maximize their visibility, the City once again and exceptionally authorizes the display of a banner outside for businesses and restaurants. With a maximum area of 3 m2, it must not exceed the width of the facade of the establishment. Sandwich board and feather flag type signs are also exceptionally authorized throughout the year by the City, under the conditions set out in by-law 150 concerning zoning, in order to indicate open businesses and promote economic activity.