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COVID-19: Applying for an outdoor patio

How to apply

Depending on where you want to put your outdoor patio, you will need a temporary permission, license of occupation, or a development permit.

Contact the Planning Services Centre at 403-268-5311 or through live chat. Our Community Planning team will help you with this process. 

Please be aware of all current provincial public health restrictions for in-person dining.

We encourage a pre-application meeting for all applications to ensure a smoother permit process.

  • If the patio is on private property, a pre application inquiry is not always necessary. 
  • If the patio will be on public property, a pre application is always required

Development permit

You need a development permit for an outdoor patio if:

  • The patio is on private property like a parking lot.

Building permit

Download Building Permits for Outdoor Patios for guidelines and a permit requirement list.

* Both Temporary permission and a development permit are required if the patio will straddle private and public property.

What if I have an existing outdoor patio?

If you have an existing patio with an approved development permit (not temporary), the patio approval is permanent and does not need to be renewed.


Patio application process

Development permit


The fee is currently being waived for applications received Dec. 31, 2021.

License of occupation & temporary permission


The fee is currently being waived for applications received Dec. 31, 2021.

What is a development permit?

Development permits for outdoor patios are a discretionary permit. They require circulation, a notice posting, and 21-day appeal period. Find out more at additional permits for outdoor patios and cafes​.

Choosing a location

When considering if a temporary patio will work for your location, evaluate if your site can still maintain pedestrian safety and accessibility. The temporary permission comes with conditions, including requirements from Alberta Health and Occupational Health and Safety.

If your location is near an ENMAX utility grate, ensure tables, chairs and structures are 2 metres away from these grates. 

Health and Safety

Businesses with temporary patios will be required to follow Alberta Health Services requirements, guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Alberta, as well as Occupational Health and Safety requirements.

You must acknowledge:

  • Protecting pedestrian accessibility
  • Insurance
  • Indemnification

If serving alcohol, establishments are required to follow Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) requirements and permitting requirements.

If you want to install an outdoor fire pit please apply for an Open Flame Permit.

Patio application and inspection process

For our regular, full patio process, please see ​​​​​​Outdoor Patios and Cafés Process​​.