Yaletown patio

Get a patio permit for a restaurant or cafe

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 (in other words, to extend your ‘red line’ to include your patio).

What's happeningFall review of Patio Program

This fall, we are continuing our review of the Patio Program and engaging stakeholders about: 

  • Permit fees 
  • Patio design guidelines
  • Patio accessibility

Patio permit holders and stakeholders will be invited to share their feedback through an online survey and workshops. More information on the engagement process will be shared with patio permit holders and on this page when engagement activities launch.

Email patioprogramreview@vancouver.ca with any questions.  

Types of patio permits

Private property

Private patio permit

Businesses can install patios on private property.

Public property

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.

Types of permits for patios on public property (streets and sidewalks)

Is your patio on private property? Review the types and requirements for a private patio permit

History of the patio programs

Apply for extended patio hours

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


Email: patios@vancouver.ca