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Rules around temporary patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail expansions are relaxed so you can create more space for your customers in alignment with Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines. Until the end of 2020, you have the option to expand your patio or retail space by following a set of guidelines and signing a declaration form. Read the guidelines below and proceed with signing the declaration form.

Guidelines

COVID-19 Temporary Outdoor Patio & Temporary Sidewalk Cafe Guidelines

General Requirements

  1. Temporary patios shall only be permitted for Bars and Neighbourhood Pubs; Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries; Restaurants; and Specialty Food Services Uses which are previously approved under an existing valid Development Permit.
  2. 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.
  3. The business owner is responsible for obtaining all relevant permissions, including but not limited to the AGLC, AHS, and their landlord.
  4. 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.
  5. No outdoor speakers or sound systems may be used.
  6. The use of a temporary patio shall comply with the Community Standards Bylaw at all times.
  7. On-site parking may be used for temporary patio space, except the required number of designated handicap parking stalls, which must remain available for parking use.
  8. Wheelchair access must be provided to, and throughout, the temporary patio. 
  9. Umbrellas must stand at least 2.1m (7ft) above the walking surface.
  10. Cooking or food and drink preparation is not permitted on temporary patios.
  11. A minimum 1.5m (5ft) clearance from fire department (siamese) connections and hydrants must be maintained on a temporary patio.
  12. A fire extinguisher (minimum 2A-10BC) must be available within 23m (75ft) of any part of the temporary patio.
  13. 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.
  14. Tents, canopies, shelter structures 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Any exit gates must swing freely outward from the temporary patio during hours of operation.
  17. 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. 
  18. 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.
  19. 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. 

Additional Requirements for COVID-19 Temporary Outdoor Patio & Temporary Sidewalk Cafe in Public Right of Way

  1. Temporary patios shall not be permitted:
    a. on two-lane roads, unless two way traffic can be maintained 
    b. on streets with a speed limit over 50 km/h
    c. within 5.0m (16’-5”) of the corner of an intersection
    d. within 10.0m (32’-9”) of the corner of an intersection that has a stop/yield sign or a pedestrian crosswalk 
  2. Temporary patios in the curb lane are only permitted in locations where parking is allowed at all times of day. 
  3. Temporary patios should not encroach into existing loading zones, handicap parking stalls, tow away zones, bus stops or bike lanes. Relocation or removal of the same may be possible and can be coordinated by contacting businessinfo@edmonton.ca.
  4. Temporary traffic controls are required where the temporary patio interferes with the movement of people, cyclists or vehicles. 
  5. Business owners may provide their own temporary traffic control as outlined in the City of Edmonton Procedures for On-Street Construction and Safety. Alternatively, you can request temporary traffic control services from the City of Edmonton at businessinfo@edmonton.ca
  6. Temporary curb ramps are required to provide a safe passage for pedestrians to cross between the road and the sidewalk. 
  7. The business owner is responsible for maintaining any structures and equipment in a safe and clean condition and in good repair. This maintenance must include keeping the area free of any potential dangers; including debris, snow and ice.
COVID-19 Temporary Outdoor Retail Guidelines

General Requirements

  1. Temporary outdoor retail space shall only be permitted for Convenience Retail Stores; General Retail Stores; Market; Pawn Stores; and Secondhand Stores Uses with a valid Development Permit.
  2. Temporary outdoor retail space permitted under this guideline shall extend no later than December 31, 2020; however the City may terminate these permissions upon 24 hours notice.
  3. The business owner is responsible for obtaining all relevant permissions, including but not limited to the AHS and their landlord.
  4. The sale and on-site consumption of alcohol, tobacco, or cannabis is not permitted in a temporary outdoor retail space.
  5. The business owner of a temporary outdoor retail space shall mitigate any negative impacts on abutting or nearby residential development; including prioritizing the use of private land before utilizing public space.
  6. No outdoor speakers or sound systems may be used.
  7. Temporary outdoor retail spaces shall comply with the Community Standards Bylaw at all times.
  8. On-site parking may be used for temporary outdoor retail space, except the required number of designated handicap parking stalls, which must remain available for parking use.
  9. Wheelchair access must be provided to and throughout the temporary outdoor retail space.
  10. Umbrellas must stand at least 2.1m (7ft) above the walking surface.
  11. Cooking or food and drink preparation is not permitted in a temporary outdoor retail space.
  12. A minimum 1.5m (5ft) clearance from fire department (siamese) connections and hydrants must be maintained in a temporary outdoor retail space.
  13. A fire extinguisher (minimum 2A-10BC) must be available within 23m (75ft) of any part of the temporary outdoor retail space.
  14. Temporary outdoor retail spaces 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.
  15. Permanent fences and barriers are not permitted. Optional temporary outdoor retail space 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.
  16. When the perimeter is enclosed, a temporary outdoor retail space with capacity for more than 60 people must have two separate exits. Only one exit is required where a temporary outdoor retail space 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.   
  17. Any exit gates must swing freely outward from the temporary outdoor retail space during hours of operation.
  18. Where located in temporary outdoor retail space, fire-retardant treated canopies may not exceed 10sqm (107sqft) in area and must be secured without endangering underground utilities, or attaching to, drilling or damaging public property.
  19. 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.
  20. The side of the temporary outdoor retail space adjacent to vehicle traffic shall maintain a minimum distance of 1.0m (3’-3”) from the edge of anythe adjacent travel lane. 

Additional Requirements for COVID-19 Temporary Outdoor Retail in Public Right of Way

  1. Temporary outdoor retail space shall not be permitted:
    a. on two-lane roads, unless two way traffic can be maintained
    b. on streets with a speed limit over 50 km/h
    c. within 5.0m (16’-5”) of the corner of an intersection
    d. within 10.0m (32’-9”) of the corner of an intersection that has a stop/yield sign or a pedestrian crosswalk 
  2. Temporary outdoor retail space in the curb lane is only permitted in locations where parking is allowed at all times of day.
  3. Temporary outdoor retail should not encroach into existing loading zones, handicap parking stalls, tow away zones, bus stops or bike lanes. Relocation or removal of the same may be possible and can be coordinated by contacting businessinfo@edmonton.ca.
  4. Temporary traffic controls are required where the temporary patio interferes with the movement of people, cyclists or vehicles. 
  5. Business owners may provide their own temporary traffic control as outlined in the City of Edmonton Procedures for On-Street Construction and Safety. Alternatively, you can request temporary traffic control services from the City of Edmonton at businessinfo@edmonton.ca
  6. Temporary curb ramps are required to provide a safe passage for pedestrians to cross between the road and the sidewalk. 
  7. The business owner is responsible for maintaining any structures and equipment in a safe and clean condition and in good repair. This maintenance must include keeping the area free of any potential dangers; including debris, snow and ice.

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General Requirements for Temporary Outdoor Retail Space:

  1. Temporary outdoor retail space shall only be permitted for Convenience Retail Stores; General Retail Stores; Market; Pawn Stores; and Secondhand Stores Uses with a valid Development Permit.
  2. Temporary outdoor retail space permitted under this guideline shall extend no later than December 31, 2020; however the City may terminate these permissions upon 24 hours notice.
  3. The business owner is responsible for obtaining all relevant permissions, including but not limited to the AHS and their landlord.
  4. The sale and on-site consumption of alcohol, tobacco, or cannabis is not permitted in a temporary outdoor retail space.
  5. The business owner of a temporary outdoor retail space shall mitigate any negative impacts on abutting or nearby residential development; including prioritizing the use of private land before utilizing public space.
  6. No outdoor speakers or sound systems may be used.
  7. Temporary outdoor retail spaces shall comply with the Community Standards Bylaw at all times.
  8. On-site parking may be used for temporary outdoor retail space, except the required number of designated handicap parking stalls, which must remain available for parking use.
  9. Wheelchair access must be provided to and throughout the temporary outdoor retail space.
  10. Umbrellas must stand at least 2.1m (7ft) above the walking surface.
  11. Cooking or food and drink preparation is not permitted in a temporary outdoor retail space.
  12. A minimum 1.5m (5ft) clearance from fire department (siamese) connections and hydrants must be maintained in a temporary outdoor retail space.
  13. A fire extinguisher (minimum 2A-10BC) must be available within 23m (75ft) of any part of the temporary outdoor retail space.
  14. Temporary outdoor retail spaces 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.
  15. Permanent fences and barriers are not permitted. Optional temporary outdoor retail space 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.
  16. When the perimeter is enclosed, a temporary outdoor retail space with capacity for more than 60 people must have two separate exits. Only one exit is required where a temporary outdoor retail space 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.   
  17. Any exit gates must swing freely outward from the temporary outdoor retail space during hours of operation.
  18. Where located in temporary outdoor retail space, fire-retardant treated canopies may not exceed 10sqm (107sqft) in area and must be secured without endangering underground utilities, or attaching to, drilling or damaging public property.
  19. 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.
  20. The side of the temporary outdoor retail space adjacent to vehicle traffic shall maintain a minimum distance of 1.0m (3’-3”) from the edge of anythe adjacent travel lane. 
Additional Requirements for Temporary Outdoor Retail Space in Public Right of Way
  1. Temporary outdoor retail space shall not be permitted:
    a. on two-lane roads, unless two way traffic can be maintained 
    b. on streets with a speed limit over 50 km/h  
    c. within 5.0m (16’-5”) of the corner of an intersection
    d. within 10.0m (32’-9”) of the corner of an intersection that has a stop/yield sign or a pedestrian crosswalk 
  2. Temporary outdoor retail space in the curb lane is only permitted in locations where parking is allowed at all times of day. 
  3. Temporary outdoor retail should not encroach into existing loading zones, handicap parking stalls, tow away zones, bus stops or bike lanes. Relocation or removal of the same may be possible and can be coordinated by contacting businessinfo@edmonton.ca.
  4. Temporary traffic controls are required where the temporary patio interferes with the movement of people, cyclists or vehicles. 
  5. Business owners may provide their own temporary traffic control as outlined in the City of Edmonton Procedures for On-Street Construction and Safety. Alternatively, you can request temporary traffic control services from the City of Edmonton at businessinfo@edmonton.ca. 
  6. Temporary curb ramps are required to provide a safe passage for pedestrians to cross between the road and the sidewalk. 
  7. The business owner is responsible for maintaining any structures and equipment in a safe and clean condition and in good repair. This maintenance must include keeping the area free of any potential dangers; including debris, snow and ice.

COVID-19 Temporary Outdoor Patio & Temporary Sidewalk Cafe Guidelines

General Requirements
  1. Temporary patios shall only be permitted for Bars and Neighbourhood Pubs; Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries; Restaurants; and Specialty Food Services Uses which are previously approved under an existing valid Development Permit.
  2. 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.
  3. The business owner is responsible for obtaining all relevant permissions, including but not limited to the AGLC, AHS, and their landlord.
  4. 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.
  5. No outdoor speakers or sound systems may be used.
  6. The use of a temporary patio shall comply with the Community Standards Bylaw at all times.
  7. On-site parking may be used for temporary patio space, except the required number of designated handicap parking stalls, which must remain available for parking use.
  8. Wheelchair access must be provided to, and throughout, the temporary patio. 
  9. Umbrellas must stand at least 2.1m (7ft) above the walking surface.
  10. Cooking or food and drink preparation is not permitted on temporary patios.
  11. A minimum 1.5m (5ft) clearance from fire department (siamese) connections and hydrants must be maintained on a temporary patio.
  12. A fire extinguisher (minimum 2A-10BC) must be available within 23m (75ft) of any part of the temporary patio.
  13. 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.
  14. Tents, canopies, shelter structures 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Any exit gates must swing freely outward from the temporary patio during hours of operation.
  17. 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. 
  18. 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.
  19. 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. 
Additional Requirements for COVID-19 Temporary Outdoor Patio & Temporary Sidewalk Cafe in Public Right of Way
  1. Temporary patios shall not be permitted:
    a. on two-lane roads, unless two way traffic can be maintained 
    b. on streets with a speed limit over 50 km/h  
    c. within 5.0m (16’-5”) of the corner of an intersection
    d. within 10.0m (32’-9”) of the corner of an intersection that has a stop/yield sign or a pedestrian crosswalk 
  2. Temporary patios in the curb lane are only permitted in locations where parking is allowed at all times of day. 
  3. Temporary patios should not encroach into existing loading zones, handicap parking stalls, tow away zones, bus stops or bike lanes. Relocation or removal of the same may be possible and can be coordinated by contacting businessinfo@edmonton.ca.
  4. Temporary traffic controls are required where the temporary patio interferes with the movement of people, cyclists or vehicles. 
  5. Business owners may provide their own temporary traffic control as outlined in the City of Edmonton Procedures for On-Street Construction and Safety. Alternatively, you can request temporary traffic control services from the City of Edmonton at businessinfo@edmonton.ca. 
  6. Temporary curb ramps are required to provide a safe passage for pedestrians to cross between the road and the sidewalk. 
  7. The business owner is responsible for maintaining any structures and equipment in a safe and clean condition and in good repair. This maintenance must include keeping the area free of any potential dangers; including debris, snow and ice.

FOIP Statement

Personal information is collected for the purpose of the COVID-19 Temporary Patios and Outdoor Retail Space initiative and will be used to process your application and to provide you with information updates, including ways to improve the service. Collection is authorized under section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and is managed and protected in accordance with the Act. Questions about the collection, please contact Lesley Vaage, Senior Planner, 10111 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 0J4, 780-722-5094 or lesley.vaage@edmonton.ca.
Contact businessinfo@edmonton.ca if you have questions or require further support.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Are these guidelines mandatory?

In order to qualify for the streamlined approval process, you will need to follow these guidelines if you choose to set up a patio. 

Are pets allowed?

Please refer to Alberta Health Services guidelines for direction on the permission of pets.

How do I acquire appropriate fencing?

Fencing is not required. However, temporary traffic control in the form of pylons, signs and barricades may be supplied by the City of Edmonton or private contractors.

What type of barrier/fencing material am I allowed to use?

With respect to temporary traffic control, barricades, pylons and signs may be used to secure an area on road right-of-way.

There is a loading zone/bus stop/handicap stall in front of my cafe. What do I do?

Please contact the City to request relocating City signs at businessinfo@edmonton.ca. Your request will be reviewed and accommodated where possible.

Am I allowed to have speakers or live music?

At this point all new temporary patios will not be approved for a speaker system or live music outside and must follow the Community Standards Bylaw for noise restrictions.

Are tailgate parties allowed?

Organized events with more than 50 people are not currently allowed under the CMOH orders.  Until those restrictions are adjusted please follow that direction.

I paid for a sidewalk cafe permit. Can I get a refund?

At this point, we are not offering refunds for previously paid fees. 

Can I serve liquor on the temporary patio?

The business owner is responsible for obtaining all relevant permissions, including but not limited to AGLC, AHS, and their Landlord.

Registration Process

How do I know I have been approved?

There is no approvals process for a temporary patio. By signing the declaration and sending it in, you have indicated you are taking on the responsibility of following the guidelines. 

Traffic Control / Roads

What are temporary traffic control measures?

In order to accommodate traffic and pedestrian safety, the City puts in measures. For example, pylons, barricades and signs may be provided.

Is there a fee for road closure and barriers?

No, there is no fee for a temporary patio in 2020.

What does upstream mean?

When we say “upstream” we mean when the direction of traffic flows away from your patio.

How do I request crowd fencing from the City? How long will it take?

Barriers may be provided as part of the temporary traffic control, if required.

Can I put a patio in a bike lane?

A patio must not interfere with a bike lane.However, the accommodation of a bike lane may be possible by contacting businessinfo@edmonton.ca.

What does it cost to get traffic control measures from the City?

At this time there is no cost to receive this support from the City.

For More Information

Email businessinfo@edmonton.ca

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