Restaurant or cafe patios on private property

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. 

If you have a restaurant or café and want to have an outdoor patio on your property (not the sidewalk), you will need a development permit (for conditional use or for change of use).

You must submit a completed checklist and its supporting documents at the same time as you apply for the development permit.

 NOTE: Your total number of guests including the patio cannot be more than you are allowed by your occupancy permit.

 NOTE: If your patio sits partly on private property and partly on City property, you will need both a development permit and a sidewalk patio permit.

Apply for a temporary expedited patio permit

This free permit allows businesses to set up temporary patios.

  The Temporary Expedited Patio Program doesn't apply to complex patios or any patio that doesn't fall within the program.

Review the steps to getting this permit and apply 

Supporting documentation

You will need to submit these documents with your patio application checklist:

  • Site plans
  • Floor plans
  • Elevation plans
  • Landscape plans

Note: These documents are in addition to any that are required for your development permit application. See the checklist for all of the details.

Process & timeline

  1. Bring in your application and all supporting documents to the Enquiry Centre.
  2. Staff will review the application immediately to make sure it is complete – incomplete applications are not accepted.
  3. Once accepted, you application will be reviewed by staff from various departments.
  4. Staff may ask for additional information or documents, or may require additional steps. Examples of additional steps include:
    • Conducting a site inspection
    • Notifying owners of the properties around you about your proposed project
    • Getting feedback from advisory panels or the public
  5. A decision will be made typically within eight to fourteen (8 to 14) weeks after you apply. The length of the review process varies with the complexity of the project, the application stream, and the number of review groups and / or additional steps that are involved.


You pay for the permit when you apply for it. You can by cash, cheque, debit, or credit card.