Temporary Expedited Patio Program (TEPP)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

Provincial guidelines for patios and outdoor dining spaces 

April 23, 2021: The BC CDC and Ministry of Health have published guidelines for patios and outdoor dining spaces in accordance with the latest Provincial Health Office's order. Review the Provincial guidelines to ensure your patio is in compliance. 

This program allows businesses to apply for a free permit to set up a temporary patio:

  • In an on-street parking space (in-front or beside your business)
  • On a sidewalk (in-front or beside your business)
  • On private property

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

Already received a temporary patio permit in summer 2020 and winter 2020/2021? Please apply to extend or renew your patio permit until October 31, 2021. ​​​​​​​Review what is required to extend or renew your patio permit.

Why temporary patios?

We are committed to supporting businesses impacted by COVID-19. Since June 1, 2020, we have approved over 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 patio permit

There are five types of temporary expedited patio program permits:

  • Curbside patio (road or on-street parking space)
  • Large sidewalk patio (with railing)
  • Small sidewalk patio (without railing)
  • ​​​​​​​Private property patio
  • Partly City property patio (partly on private property and partly on a City sidewalk)

Public property is defined as City property.

Steps to extend and renew your temporary patio permit

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

​​​​​​​To keep your existing temporary patios open past March 31, 2021

  • 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 weather protect your patio, you must ensure that any items used do not extend beyond the patio boundary and to follow our guidelines to ensure safe use.

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

2021 temporary patio locations

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

Review the requirements to getting a: