Temporary patios shall only be permitted for Bars and Neighbourhood Pubs; Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries; Restaurants; and Specialty Food Services Uses operating under a valid Development Permit.
Temporary patios permitted under this guideline shall extend no later than December 31, 2020; however the City may terminate these permissions upon 24 hours notice.
The business owner is responsible for obtaining all relevant permissions, including but not limited to the AGLC, AHS, and their landlord.
The business owner of a temporary patio shall mitigate any negative impacts on abutting or nearby residential development; including prioritizing the use of private land before utilizing public space.
No outdoor speakers or sound systems may be used.
On-site parking may be used for temporary patio space, except the required number of designated Accessible Parking Stalls, which must remain available for parking use.
Wheelchair access must be provided to, and throughout, the temporary patio.
Umbrellas must stand at least 2.1m (7ft) above the walking surface.
Cooking or food and drink preparation is not permitted on temporary patios.
A minimum 1.5m (5ft) clearance from fire department (siamese) connections and hydrants must be maintained on a temporary patio.
A fire extinguisher (minimum 2A-10BC) must be available within 23m (75ft) of any part of the temporary patio.
Temporary patios must not extend in front of adjacent tenant spaces, exits, or beyond business frontage without written permission from affected adjacent property owners and tenants; this includes any overhanging elements.
Tents, portable toilets, canopies, shelter structures, platforms, decks, or stages are not permitted. Optional temporary patio perimeter fencing, planters, or barriers approximately 1.2m (4ft) high are permitted, provided they are not damaging any public property, and are secured without endangering any underground utilities.
When the perimeter is enclosed, a temporary patio with capacity for more than 60 people must have two separate exits. Only one exit is required where a temporary patio has a capacity of up to 60 people. Exit openings must be at least 0.9m (3ft) in clear width, and provided with exit signs where not clearly visible to patrons.
Any exit gates must swing freely outward from the temporary patio during hours of operation.
CSA-certified electric or propane patio heaters (with max 20lb tank) are permitted where located at least 3m (10ft) away from City tree branches, operated per the manufacturer’s directions and not stored on the road right-of-way when not in use. Solid-, gel- or liquid-fuel fire features are not permitted.
A clear path of pedestrian travel of 2.0m (6’-6”) minimum should be maintained. A clear path of 2.3m (7’-6”) is recommended.
The side of the temporary patio adjacent to vehicle traffic shall maintain a minimum distance of 1.0m (3’-3”) from the edge of any adjacent travel lane.