Town of Canmore

Main Street Pedestrian Zone Permit

Conditions 2021

These conditions apply to areas of the Town Centre closed to vehicular traffic.  See the attached visual references for the zones described below in Figure 1.

The closure of Main Street to vehicular traffic is a temporary measure to create opportunities for appropriate physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These conditions offer more latitude to businesses around signage and street-use than would otherwise be permissible. 

Only businesses located within the Downtown Canmore Business Improvement Area (Downtown BIA), including second-floor operations can apply for unused parking stalls.

Are you a business on Main Street? Consider applying for the Main Street Pedestrian Zone permit to make use of the public right-of-way for your business to provide services while accommodating appropriate physical distancing measures.   Other economic recovery programs, such as the COVID-19 Safe Space Grant, are also available.  

Click here to apply for your Main Street Pedestrian Zone Permit

Click here to download a PDF version of the Permitting Conditions

Permit Conditions
1. All use of the public right-of-way will require a Main Street Pedestrian Zone Permit for the duration of the 2021 closure of Main Street.

2. Applications must be submitted, and are subject to Town approval, for any use of the public right-of-way parking stalls.  E.g. proposed post and chain delineated patios, temporary tents for sale of products. Refer to Figure 1 for parking zones.

3.   Use of the parking stalls must be in accordance with these guidelines, and contravening the guidelines could result in the rejection or revoking of the permit, and may be subject to, or penalty under Bylaw 2021-11

4. For safety and accessibility, the Sidewalk Zone must be kept free and clear of all obstructions. Refer to Figure 1 for sidewalk zones.

5.  For safety, accessibility , and emergency response, a Clear Zone of 3m from the yellow centre line must be kept free and clear of all obstructions. Refer to Figure 1.

6. Line-ups are to be organized on private property or within the Parking Zone. Lineups are not permitted on the Sidewalk Zone. A coordinated effort must be made so physical distancing is maintained between neighbouring establishments’ patios, entrances, exists, and outdoor line-ups.

7.  8. Temporary signage may be placed in business windows, on private sidewalk, or in the Parking Zone upon obtaining a Main Street Pedestrian Zone Permit.  This includes temporary A-frame and banner signs that are not permitted under normal operating conditions.

9. Any signage and street-use that have been put in place in accordance with these conditions must be removed from Main Street once the road is reopened to vehicles.

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11. Upon permit approval the Parking Zone can be used for any temporary business use (for example seating areas, waiting areas, tents, vending space, and planters) with the following conditions:

· Any requirements for business insurance, liquor licensing, adherence to AHS requirements, or any other relevant legislation and requirements are the sole responsibility of the businesses.

· Liquor can only be served in a clearly delineated patio area where appropriate licensing and insurance has been verified. Please consult with your insurance and AGLC on any expansions to your liquor service areas.

· Business use in the Parking Zone must be appropriately delineated physically from the Clear Zone. Post and rope, railing, temporary canopies, and planters are all acceptable options. Approved areas will be outlined by the Town of Canmore, and use cannot exceed beyond these boundaries. (max. 4 meters from the face of curb with a parking stall location).

· Businesses must secure all necessary and appropriate insurance that extends to any space they occupy in the outside area. Minimum of five million in liability insurance with the Town of Canmore listed as an additional insured party. This is to cover the outdoor setup for the purposes of this Permit, and not indoor activities.

· Any platform, patio, or parklet that could impact street drainage, or be used beyond COVID-19 restrictions, requires a permit. See 12 below.

· Written permission must be obtained from impacted neighboring businesses and property owners where use extends past your own frontage. This must be provided to the Town as part of the application process.

Businesses located within the larger BIA zone, including second-floor operations can apply for unused parking stalls and must:  

·Include a letter of support from property owner and the Main Street facing business in front of which the parking stall is located with their application.

·Operate from this location a minimum of four days a week during the closure. The Pedestrian zone is intended to enhance safety and social distancing during the pandemic and not intended for temporary business or market-style use.

·Adhere to all other conditions as outlined.

A wooden curb ramp to improve accessibility from the Parking Zone to your business can be constructed and installed and will make your use of the street more inclusive. Temporary ramps are to meet building code requirements. A building permit is required for this and can be found here.
Permitting for uses other than those permitted in conditions
For permanent signage click here
For patio and Parklet Permit click here
COVID-19 Safe Spaces Grant Program
Limited funds are available through the COVID-19 Safe Spaces Grant program for businesses enhancing the streetscape.
Vehicle Access for Business Purposes
Vehicles can access the closure zone for the purpose of setup associated with the Main Street Pedestrian Zone between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. with conditions:

·  This access is not intended for regular deliveries, operations, or construction. 

·  Access and egress are to be by way of 7 Avenue.
·  Barriers are to be managed by the driver and must be kept closed at all times.
·  The speed limit is 15km/hr.  Always watch for people on foot and bike.  

 For vehicle access for regular business operations or construction, a road use permit will be required and can be obtained for free here.  
How to Prepare Your Application

Read the conditions and all related materials

  • Gather the following required information and documents and be ready to upload them at the time of application:
    1. Business physical and mailing addresses
    2. Project description
    3. Cleanliness and hazard mitigation plan for the project site
    4. Detailed site plan including delineation of Right of Way and Project Site, adjacent building facade, property line, existing usage of space, proposed usage of space
    5. Landscaping details
    6. Certificate of insurance (five million in liability with Town of Canmore listed as additional insured). Minimum of five million in liability insurance with the Town of Canmore listed as an additional insured party. This is to cover the outdoor setup for the purposes of this Permit, and not indoor activities.
    7. Proof of consultation with adjacent businesses (copy of email is sufficient)
    8. If applicable, a letter of support from property owner (required if applicant is not the property owner; copy of email is sufficient)
    9. If applicable, letter of support from ground-floor street-facing businesses (required if applicant is not this business; copy of email is sufficient)
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Figure 1: Main Street Zone Visualization

Figure 2: Main Street Zone Layout

Figure 3: Site Plan - Sample

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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