Temporary outdoor business areas

To support local businesses while helping keep residents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have introduced new temporary outdoor business areas where customers can shop or eat while maintaining a safe physical distance.

Following public health recommendations, these temporary areas are typically patios or retail display areas, and can either be on private property (such as on-site parking spaces) or public property (such as curb lanes or sidewalks).

View the Temporary Outdoor Business Area policy

This program was originally intended to run until October 31, 2020. It has been extended to October 31, 2021, to reflect the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are updating the policy to reflect this change, and to offer some options for adding weather protection to outdoor spaces.

How to request a new temporary outdoor business area

If you run a business, you can request a temporary space, which, if approved, you can use until October 31, 2021. 

There is no application fee, and the requirements are simple. They include:

  • a sketch to show the location of the proposed area on, or adjacent to, your site
  • your intended hours of operation
  • confirmation that the property owner approves

To apply, complete this questionnaire and submit it, along with any required supporting materials, to planning@dnv.org 

Do you already have a temporary outdoor space?

If you have an existing temporary space, we will be in touch to formalize the approval that was previously expected to expire on October 31, 2020. 

If you would like to explore options for winterizing your existing temporary space, email an outline of your intended approach to planning@dnv.org. Staff will review your proposal and then follow up with you. 

Does your business serve alcohol?

If you serve alcohol, the Provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) is expediting approval for these expansions, and we are in close communication with LCRB staff to ensure these approvals are coordinated with the creation of temporary patio spaces.

For further information on liquor licencing issues, please contact your local LCRB representative, or contact the LCRB toll free at 1-866-209-2111.

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