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New easy temporary patio procedures for restaurants




​On May 11, 2020, City Council unanimously approved the COVID-19 relief package to support temporary outdoor patios. City Administration developed a new process to support local establishments for approvals of temporary patios on public lands, as well as additional measures to process applications for those residing on private property.

A temporary permission will be issued at no cost for an outdoor temporary patio. Existing patios on public lands will not be charged for the 2020 season.

How a business can apply for temporary permission:

Businesses must call the Planning & Development at 403-268-5311 to request a temporary patio.

The Community Planning team determines the need for a development permit or temporary permission:

  • A development permit is required if the patio is on private property.
  • A temporary permission is required if the patio is on public property or city-owned land.
  • Both are required if the patio will straddle private and public property.
Types of temporary patios for food establishments, such as restaurants, cafes and pubs, can use a temporary patio to extend onto adjacent public road right of way by placing tables and chairs on the sidewalk. Establishments are required to acknowledge several conditions within the temporary permission including protecting pedestrian accessibility, insurance, and indemnification.
Other retailers may temporarily use a sidewalk, like a sidewalk sale, under the Land Use bylaw. The use of outdoor space is one way to enable more physical distancing for both patrons and staff.
Patio information can now be found on, under the Business Continuity section, Apply for an outdoor patio. Making it easier for the restaurant industry to navigate, The City has also added information to the top of the restaurants guide web page here.



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