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Restaurant or cafe patios on private property

If you have a restaurant or café and want to have an outdoor patio on your property (not the sidewalk), you will need a development permit (for conditional use or for change of use).

You must submit a completed checklist and its supporting documents at the same time as you apply for the development permit.

 NOTE: Your total number of guests including the patio cannot be more than you are allowed by your occupancy permit.

 NOTE: If your patio sits partly on private property and partly on City property, you will need both a development permit and a sidewalk patio permit.

Supporting documentation

You will need to submit these documents with your patio application checklist:

  • Site plans
  • Floor plans
  • Elevation plans
  • Landscape plans

Note: These documents are in addition to any that are required for your development permit application. See the checklist for all of the details.

Process & timeline

  1. Bring in your application and all supporting documents to the Enquiry Centre.
  2. Staff will review the application immediately to make sure it is complete – incomplete applications are not accepted.
  3. Once accepted, you application will be reviewed by staff from various departments.
  4. Staff may ask for additional information or documents, or may require additional steps. Examples of additional steps include:
    • Conducting a site inspection
    • Notifying owners of the properties around you about your proposed project
    • Getting feedback from advisory panels or the public
  5. A decision will be made typically within eight to fourteen (8 to 14) weeks after you apply. The length of the review process varies with the complexity of the project, the application stream, and the number of review groups and / or additional steps that are involved.

Fees

The fee for the permit is based on the size of the patio you are proposing. For 2012, the fees are:

Patio area requested Price
For each 100 square meters (1076 square feet) $678.00
For each portion of 100 square meters (1076 square feet) $678.00
Maximum fee $4,850.00

For example, if you wanted a patio 250 square meters in area, your fee would be:

2 full sections of 100 square meters = 2 x $678 = $1,356

PLUS

1 portion of 100 square meters = 1 X $678 = $678

TOTAL = $2,036

The fees schedule has more information.

You pay for the permit when you apply for it. You can by cash, cheque, debit or credit card.

Patio on private property permit fees

The fee for the permit is based on the size of the patio you are proposing. For 2012, the fees are:

Patio area requested Price
For each 100 square meters (1076 square feet) $678.00
For each portion of 100 square meters (1076 square feet) $678.00
Maximum fee $4,850.00

For example, if you wanted a patio 250 square meters in area, your fee would be:

2 full sections of 100 square meters = 2 x $678 = $1,356

PLUS

1 portion of 100 square meters = 1 X $678 = $678

TOTAL = $2,036

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning

Phone
604-873-7611

Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon