Yaletown patio

Get a patio permit for a restaurant or cafe

What's happeningUpdate: December 2022

All summer patios must be removed by November 1, 2022. Email us at street.activities@vancouver.ca to confirm your summer patio has been removed. 

If you have a curbside summer patio permit and are interested in operating your patio through the winter, you may be eligible for a one year trial for a year round curbside patio. Email: street.activities@vancouver.ca for more information.

If you're considering serving alcohol on your 2023 summer patio, we strongly encourage you to apply to the LCRB now for a new permanent licensed area (for example to extend your ‘red line’ to include your patio). 

Types of patio permits

Private property

Private patio permit

Businesses can install patios on private property.

Street or sidewalk

Find the right permit for your business. Permits are available based on patio type and location OR permit length and application process.

Curbside patio permit

Businesses can apply to use adjacent parking spaces as a patio. Liquor may be served depending on the business type and licence.

Large sidewalk patio permit

Restaurants, cafes, distilleries, and breweries can apply for a large sidewalk patio permit. Liquor service restrictions apply.

Small sidewalk patio permit

Permit allows businesses, including non-food service establishments (like hairdressers or a pharmacy), to have a small patio on the sidewalk.

History of the patio programs

Apply for extended patio hours

Apply online to extend the patio hours at your restaurant from 11pm to 1am during April to October.


Email: street.activities@vancouver.ca