PERMIT- Apply for Temporary patio program

The temporary patio program started on July 8, 2020. Restaurants and bars with a valid 2022 or 2023 business licence can expand outdoor seating and dining areas to help meet COVID-19 safety guidelines.

PERMIT- Apply for Temporary patio program

Public Lands

You need a permit to install a temporary patio on a municipal road or a municipal parking lot.

Permits will not be granted for temporary patios on municipal roads with posted speed limits over 50 km/h.

There is no fee for a new application. All temporary patios on the municipal right-of-way are subject to enforcement.

Patio construction

If you require any construction for your temporary patio, such as building a wood platform, you must enter an encroachment agreement. For more information, email or call 905.615.3200 ext. 5428.

Any platform that is higher than two feet above the average grade will also require a building permit.

Private Lands

No permit is required for temporary patios on private lands. However, restaurants should get permission from the property owner or property manager before installing a patio.

Your patio must adhere to design requirements and comply with the zoning regulations for temporary patios. These include:

  1. Patios not permitted on required landscaped areas or landscaped buffers
  2. Patios must maintain a setback of 6.0 m (19.7 ft.) from residential zones
  3. Patios may occupy up to 50% of required parking spaces but not accessible parking spaces
  4. Patios may not obstruct a driveway or parking aisle
  5. Restaurants must make sure fire routes are clear and not blocked.

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If you need more information or have questions about temporary patio permits, email or call 905-615-3200 ext. 3039.