Download a one-page fact sheet for winter patios.
Patios in the Right of Way
Anyone wishing to operate a winter patio must obtain a winter patio permit. Winter patio permits are available from November 15, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
Patios on Private Property
Council has also extended the Temporary Zoning By-law amendment for patios on private property to December 31st to align with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission’s (AGCO) temporary extension for liquor licensing. The City continues to engage in discussions with the Province regarding the need for a continued AGCO temporary extension into 2021.
There is no need to register with the City again for an extension to operate a patio on private property until December 31.
Heating of Patios and Blankets
TSSA has prepared a fact sheet regarding heaters on outdoor patios. All heaters must be approved for use in Canada and installed and operated as per the manufacturer’s instructions including proper ventilation and maintaining recommended clearances to combustibles and customers. All appropriate portable extinguishers are required to be on location. The type and size of portable extinguishers is relative to the size of patio and number of heaters in use. Patio Operators must also adhere to all requirements of the Ontario Fire Code.
For any inquiries related to fire pits, open-air fires or specific questions related to heating patios, please contact FirePrevention@ottawa.ca.
Please be advised that Ottawa Public Health has recommended that either customers bring their own blankets or if blankets are provided, that they are laundered in between uses. It is also important to ensure that combustibles, such as blankets, are kept away from any heating sources.
Covered Patios – Tents and other types of structures
Building Code Services, Ottawa Public Health and Fire Services have advised that at least two sides of any structure (i.e. walls) must be open while the patio is in operation, regardless of the weather. This is to ensure adequate air circulation because of COVID-19 and to avoid carbon monoxide build up from heating sources.
Anyone wishing to continue using or installing some form of covered structure for the winter season, needs to review the requirements as per Building Code Services and ensure that all requirements have been met. Building Code Services will continue to expedite permit approvals for tents, patios, awnings and canopies within 5 business days. Please contact Building Code Services directly for any inquiries at email@example.com.
Continued diligence with physical distancing of customers is of upmost importance. Please ensure any modifications to the layout of patios (such as heater locations, seating layout) respect the minimum 2 metre physical distancing requirements. Please note that in accordance with the Province’s Stage 3 legislation, standing on patio, other than to exit/enter a patio, paying for or picking up food, or walking to the washroom is not permitted.
- $62.00 Permit Processing Fee
- All other fees have been waived
All requirements listed above need to be met for the winter patio season.
If you currently have a summer ROW patio permit and wish to obtain a winter ROW patio permit (November 16 to March 31), please contact the ROW Permit Office to request a permit.
If you are currently operating a summer patio on private property and wish to continue to do so past November 15, please ensure you are meeting all of the above requirements including ensuring that all Building Code Requirements are met for any tents or covered structures. For any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.