People sitting on an outdoor patio

Applications open March 1st for summer temporary patios on public property

The City is committed to supporting local businesses

Margaret Wittgens, Deputy General Manager of Engineering

February 17 2021 –

With warmer weather and patio season on the horizon, businesses can apply for a temporary patio on public property starting March 1. The Temporary Expedited Patio Program is part of our on-going support of local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The City is committed to supporting local businesses,” says Margaret Wittgens, Deputy General Manager of Engineering. “The Temporary Expedited Patio Program has helped over 400 bars and restaurants continue to safely welcome customers while maintaining physical distancing. We hope that by continuing to offer this permit at no cost, even more businesses will apply for a temporary patio this year.”

Public property patios

Temporary patios on public property include patios on sidewalks and curb lanes next to local businesses. Summer season permits for patios on public property run from April 1 to October 31, 2021.

Private property patios

Applications for temporary patios on private property are open year-round and businesses are not required to renew existing temporary patios on private property.

Support business recovery

Our top priority is the health and safety of our residents. City staff will be working to ensure that the Temporary Expedited Patio Program continues to support businesses recovery efforts and balances our responsibility to keep pedestrians and patio-goers healthy and safe and maintain accessibility in public spaces.

Working with businesses

City staff will be working with businesses to ensure that temporary patios do not:  

  • Restrict accessibility or reduce space for physical distancing on the sidewalk
  • Encroach too far onto the street, which may negatively impact other road users or interrupt City street cleaning, utility, or construction work
  • Reduce the open-air aspect of the patio with additional structures or enclosures (COVID-19 transmission concern)  
  • Block access to critical utilities, such as fire department connections

Learn more about the Temporary Expedited Patio Program