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Burlington Council Approves City-Wide Patio Program

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2024 03:32 PM

Burlington, Ont.— Feb. 26, 2024 —Burlington City Council has approved a new permanent city-wide seasonal outdoor patio program starting this spring. Council also approved reestablishing fees for temporary patios on public lands. These fees were waived during the COVID-19 pandemic to help businesses recover.

The City’s patio guidelines are now available on the City’s website and the application forms will be available when City staff start accepting applications in early March. Applicants are encouraged to make sure they understand all the requirements and fees and can start to gather any information they need to apply. Owners planning to open their patio by April 15 are encouraged to submit their application by March 15.

Council also approved city-wide zoning amendments to encourage more dining on outdoor patios located on private property. These zoning changes allow business owners to open or expand a patio on private property quickly by:

  • Getting permission from the property owner,

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Mild weather means King Road closed for annual migration of the Jefferson salamander

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2024 01:00 PM

Burlington, Ont.— Feb. 26, 2024— As temperatures rise, the annual migration of a local endangered species across King Road begins. The City will close a section of King Road to allow for Jefferson salamanders’ breeding migration. Starting on Tuesday, March 5, King Road, from North Service Road to Mountain Brow Road, will be closed so the salamanders can cross the road safely and find a mate. Local traffic for all properties between North Service Road and the escarpment will be maintained. King Road will reopen for through traffic on Tuesday, April 2, once the salamanders are expected to finish their annual crossing.

Since 2012, the City of Burlington has closed this section of road so the salamanders can cross safely. They are a nationally and provincially protected endangered species.

About the Jefferson salamander

In Canada, the Jefferson salamander is found in Southern Ontario in select areas of deciduous forest, mostly along the Niagara Escarpment.

Jefferson salamanders spend most of...

Chilly Half Marathon Road Closures - March 3, 2024

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2024 09:37 AM

Sunday, March 3, 2024, the 27th edition of Chilly Half Marathon will be held in support of cancer care at Joseph Brant Hospital.

Road Closures
  • 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brant Street from Maria Street to Elgin Street.
  • Ontario St. from Brant Street to Locust Street, and James Street from John Street to Brant Street.
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lakeshore Road from Brant Street to Maple Avenue.
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brant Street, Lakeshore Road. to Elgin Street (access to Bunton’s Wharf will be maintained via Locust Street, with minor delays).
  • 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lakeshore Road from Brant Street to Burloak Drive. Burloak Drive from Lakeshore Road to Spruce Avenue for turnaround (Access to Old Lakeshore Road from the west maintained with delays).
  • There will be a soft road closure on Lakeshore Road at Great Lakes Boulevard, traffic travelling west on Lakeshore Road towards Burloak Drive will be diverted north onto Great Lakes Boulevard.
  • 9:55 to 10:45 a.m. The streets along the route west of Brant Street will...

Notice of Heritage Conservation District Study Area Bylaw

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2024 10:59 AM

In the matter of the Ontario Heritage Act R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER O.18 and the lands in the City of Burlington shown on the map. 

TAKE NOTICE that Council for the City of Burlington passed By-law 02-2024 on Jan. 16, 2024. It designates a group of properties on Burlington Avenue and Ontario Street as a Heritage Conservation Study Area under section 40.1 of the Ontario Heritage Act for one year. 

Study Area Map

The study area includes all properties within the dotted line on this map. They are subject to By-law 02-2024. 

Effect of Bylaw

From Jan. 16, 2024 to Jan. 16, 2025 (the "Study Period"), no person shall demolish or remove any detached or semi-detached dwellings or buildings converted to offices or commercial uses within the Burlington Avenue and Ontario Street Heritage Conservation District study area. 

More information can be viewed in the Office of the City Clerk, First Floor, City Hall, 426 Brant St., during regular business hours or can be requested by emailing 

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Public input needed for the creation of a Festivals and Events Policy

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 10:00 AM

Festivals and events in Burlington are a source of civic pride, social connections, an arts and culture platform and can be an economic boost. To help ensure the best services and experiences for all, the City of Burlington is looking for public input in developing a Festivals and Events Policy for events on City property.

Residents are invited to complete an online survey at to share feedback on their satisfaction with events on City property and their wishes for future direction.

The purpose of the proposed Festivals and Event Policy is to provide a set of guidelines and criteria to assist with planning and managing events on City of Burlington property.

The survey is open now until March 5. Responses will be used to guide the discussion of criteria and components of a policy at the Committee of the Whole and City Council in April.

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