Street and Sidewalk Patios

New guidelines for sidewalk and on-street patios

In May 2022, the City approved a new Bylaw to govern Street and Sidewalk Patios. (8318, 2022). 

This allows businesses to apply to encroach on public property for the purposes of a seating area to complement their food or beverage service business. Three new forms of patio have been defined: small patio, seasonal patio, and year-round patio. 

When businesses apply, an interdepartmental team will review the application and work with the business to complete the process.

If liquor is being served, you will also need to apply to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.  

Have questions or need help? Email us at or call 604-527-4536

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