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).
This program was originally intended to run until October 31, 2020. It has been extended twice, first to June 1, 2022, and then to March 31, 2023, to reflect the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy supporting the program has been updated 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 March 31, 2023.
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
Do you already have a temporary outdoor space?
If you have an existing temporary space, subject to continued compliance with the program guidelines, your existing approval is extended to March 31, 2023.
If you would like to explore options for winterizing your existing temporary space, email an outline of your intended approach to firstname.lastname@example.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.