Yaletown patio

Get a patio permit for a restaurant or cafe

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

Annual 2021 patio permit fees 

May 18, 2021: Annual patio permit fees have been waived for 2021 to support business recovery efforts. You will still be required to apply for a patio permit; however, fees will not apply. If you have already paid for a 2021 patio permit, staff will contact you in the coming weeks to outline refund options. 

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. 

Permits are available for a restaurant or cafe patio located on a:

  • Sidewalk
  • Restaurant/cafe's property
  • Curbside (coming soon)

Before applying for a patio permit, you need to have a current business licence allowing you to operate as a restaurant or limited service food establishment.

Temporary Expedited Patio Program (TEPP)

The Temporary Expedited Patio Program (TEPP) will end on October 31, 2021. All TEPP patios must be removed by November 1, 2021.

City Council has approved a new Summer Patio Program to launch in 2022. These patios will be permitted between April 1 to October 31. All Temporary Expedited Patio permit holders will be invited to apply for the new ongoing Summer Patio Program soon.

Annual patio permits

Small sidewalk patio permit without liquor service

This permit allows businesses to have small sidewalk patios where liquor cannot be served on the patio.

Large sidewalk patio (with railings) permit

This permit lets restaurants have outdoor seating up to the sidewalk, surrounded by a railing, and is required to serve liquor on the patio.

Restaurant or cafe patios on private property

Restaurant or cafe patios on private property require permission from the City. Download the checklist, view contact information, and more.