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City has issued over 120 temporary patio permits, and launches online applications for private property

June 26 2020 –

Today, our Temporary Expedited Patio Program expands online applications to include patios on private property. Businesses can now apply for a temporary patio on public or private property at

The expanded online application enables permits to be issued within five business days for patios on private property where construction is not required. Permits for patios on public property will continue to be issued within two business days. 

Until now, staff have been working with business on interim options, which included allowing business to submit proposals for patios on private property. As part of this interim process, the City approved 23 private property patios. 

Latest patio approvals

As Vancouver businesses prepare for what is traditionally their busiest season, temporary patios are helping to move seating outdoors so that physical distancing requirements can be followed. Temporary patio permits are free to local businesses and are valid until October 31, 2020. All temporary patios must be removed by November 1, 2020. 

Since launching the program on June 1st, the City has issued 127 patio permits. Here’s a breakdown of the permits received to date: 

Status Public patios Private patios
Approved 104 23
Under review 7 5
Outside scope 71 0
Total received 182 28

See the full list of approved patio locations

Next week: public hearing for breweries, wineries, and distilleries  

On June 30, a public hearing regarding patios for breweries, wineries, and distilleries will be held. If the proposed bylaw is approved by Council, it will enable operators to apply for a temporary patio on private property. Staff expect private property patio applications, that do not require construction, will be approved within five business days.

Over the last few weeks staff have been working with breweries, wineries and distilleries to prepare their applications. 

Ongoing business support

In an effort to assist the business community, the City of Vancouver has established the COVID-19 Business Communications and Support Office. 

The office is a single point of contact for Vancouver’s local business owners to get information from the City of Vancouver regarding business support programs, to learn what City-run business services are currently available, and to make suggestions to the City concerning business and the economy.

Local businesses seeking help can connect with the office by:


  • On March 19, Council passed a by-law that allowed the City of Vancouver to issue emergency orders to help curb the spread of COVID-19
  • On March 20, 2020, the City issued an order restricting restaurants from offering table service and limiting the number of customers in any place to no more than 10 people - only takeout or delivery were allowed
  • On May 12, Council directed City staff to work on a new, faster online application process to provide increased flexibility for restaurants to provide service outdoors
  • On May 19, the City rescinded the emergency order to shut down restaurant table service
  • On June 1, the City launched the Temporary Expedited Patio Program and online application process for patios on public property
  • On June 11, Council approved bylaw amendments to include patios on private property as part of the Temporary Expedited Patio Program
  • On June 25, online application process expands to include patios on private property and partly on public property