From June 1 to October 31, 2020, this program allows businesses to set up temporary patio permits for free:
- In an on-street parking space (in-front or beside your business)
- On a sidewalk (in-front or beside your business)
- On private property
If you meet the mandatory requirements and are not building any structure, you can expect to receive your temporary expedited patio permit (dependent on the type of patio) within two or five business days of submitting your completed application.
The program will only consider simple patios applications—meaning no accessory structures such as permanent structures (decking, canopy, and so on) and no electrical or utility connections.
Why temporary patios?
We are committed to supporting businesses impacted by COVID-19. The additional patio space created by this program will help businesses and their customers follow the physical distancing measures outlined by the Provincial Health Officer.
Steps to getting a temporary expedited patio permit
There are five types of temporary expedited patio permits:
- Small sidewalk patio
- Large sidewalk patio
- Curbside patio (road or on-street parking space)
- Private property patio
- Partly public property patio
All patios applied for through the temporary expedited patio process must be removed on November 1, 2020.
Step 1: Review the requirements
Step 2: Determine the type of patio and its location
Step 3: Verify insurance, apply to temporarily expand your liquor service area, and notify BIA and neighbours
Step 4: Take measurements, develop drawings, and take photos
Step 5: Make sure you have the necessary documents and apply for permit