Build Back Victoria

 

The Build Back Victoria (BBV) program includes several initiatives to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing access to public spaces for commercial use. Spaces on streets, pathways, sidewalks, parks and plazas are temporarily available for businesses use with a permit. 


BBV EXTENTION UPDATE:
The BBV program (and associated Bylaw) is set to expire on October 31, 2021. Staff will be bringing forward recommendations next month to extend the bylaw for all current permit holders to June 2022, consistent with provincial extensions to temporary expanded service areas for liquor licensing. Anticipating Council’s approval of extending the program, if you would like to continue to participate in BBV, you will be required to re-apply to the BBV program by November 30, 2021. Failure to do so would result in your BBV permit expiring and the loss of the use of this public space.
 
Please note that the City will not be accepting any new BBV applications beyond October 31, 2021 and that the program will expire in June 2022.
 


HOW TO APPLY / PERMIT RENEWAL:


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Proof of Insurance must be provided in the minimum amount of $5 million with the City added as an additional insured
  • All applications must include an associated site plan drawing of the outdoor space
  • Portable propane heaters are permitted, to be installed and used as per the manufacturer’s requirements. Proper outdoor propane tank storage and fire safety plans are required.  
  • Roof coverings are permitted in the form of umbrellas, tents, and retractable awnings that are attached to a temporary patio structure
  • An accessible patio design is required including curb ramps, cane-detectable boundaries and accessible seating.
  • Solar or battery powered lights on tables or railings are permitted
  • Plumbed gas, water, or hardwired electrical connections are not permitted. 
  • Structures are to remain temporary, non-permanent, and not to be anchored into the roadway or sidewalk

ENDING PERMIT

If you no longer require your BBV Permit, please contact Mitchell Jernslet mjernslet@victoria.ca and prepare for the return of any city-owned materials. If you are ending your permit and you have a deposit with the Parks Department, staff will makearrangements for site inspection and follow up.


GOVERNMENT ST. TIMES ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:

  • Timed loading and vehicle access: Private vehicles and deliveries will have access to Government Street from 10pm until noon, seven days a week.
  • Timed pedestrian priority zone: The street will be closed to vehicle traffic between noon and 10pm, seven days a week, to provide additional space for pedestrians to stroll, shop and enjoy the multiple outdoor patios.
  • New loading zones and more accessible parking: Passenger and commercial loading zones as well as accessible parking stalls will be installed on and adjacent to the corridor. The loading zones on Government Street will still be available for deliveries until 12 noon. Loading zones in the vicinity are shown in red on the map below.