Temporary Expedited Patio Program (TEPP)

Temporary Expedited Patio Program extended

On October 7, 2020, City Council voted to extend the Temporary Expedited Patio Program (TEPP) until October 31, 2021, as part of our ongoing support of businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

​​​​​​​ During summer months, the program only considered simple patio applications—meaning no accessory or permanent structures (for example, decking and canopies). Winterizing your temporary patio will likely require covering, heating, and electrical considerations that all have specific safety requirements. Ensure you have the correct items for your type of patio

Don't have a temporary patio permit and looking to get one? Please apply for a permit.

Already have a temporary patio permit and want to winterize and extend your permit until October 31, 2021?
​​​​​​​Review what is required to winterize and apply to extend your patio permit.

Why temporary patios?

We are committed to supporting businesses impacted by COVID-19. Since June 1, 2020, we have approved close to 400 temporary patios on private and City property as part of our COVID-19 response. The additional patio space created by this program has helped businesses and their customers follow the physical distancing measures outlined by the Provincial Health Officer. 

Approved temporary patio locations

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 City property patio

Public property is defined as City property.

Steps to extend and winterize your patio

  Review how to apply to extend your patio permit in step 3, and the requirements to winterize your patio in steps 1 and 2.

​​​​​​​To keep your existing temporary patios open past October 31, 2020

  • City property, you may submit your application to extend your patio online. (Permit # begins with SA)
  • Private property, your permits will automatically be extended. You don't need to apply. (Permit # begins with DP)

Public property is defined as City property.

If you want to winterize your patio, you must ensure that any items used to winterize your patio do not extend beyond the patio boundary and to follow our guidelines to ensure safe use of winter equipment.

We will be monitoring these patios for health and safety, fire, and building requirements.

Temporary patio locations

Want to build a complex patio or build a patio with a permanent structure?

Review the requirements to getting a: