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Patios on private property

The Patio program has been established to support local businesses during the unprecedented time. It has been set up to allow businesses, such as bars, restaurants and cafés, to establish temporary outdoor private patios. Council has recently extended the temporary private patio program to January 1, 2022. If you are interested in establishing a temporary private patio on private property up until January 1, 2022, please follow the steps below.

If you already have established a temporary private patio through this program and wish to extend it up to January 1, 2022, you do not have to register again with the City. 

  1. Determine if the proposed temporary patio within 30 metres of a Residential Zone and confirm that the proposed temporary patio does not require a building permit, by contacting one of the City’s Development Information Officers at 613-580-2424, ext. 23434 or dioinquiry@ottawa.ca
  2. If the patio is not within 30 m of a Residential Zone and is temporary in nature (no building permit is required), skip step 3 and follow the General Requirements listed below.
  3. If the patio is within 30 m of a Residential Zone, please complete the one-page application form and follow the General Requirements listed below.
  4. Once the City receives the completed form, City staff will contact you regarding the property owner notification and provide the Ward Councillor notification of the proposed temporary patio.

General requirements for all temporary patios on private property for 2020 and 2021:

  1. If alcohol is being served, all requirements are met under the Liquor License Act and applicable requirements of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) including the required Letter of Non-Objection from the municipality.
  2. All applicable municipal by-laws are adhered to, including Noise By-law 2017-255
  3. Ottawa Public Health(link is external) requirements and guidance
  4. On-site parking may be used for temporary patio space, except the required number of designated spaces under the Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act, 2005, which must remain available for parking use as per Traffic and Parking By-law 2017-301
  5. The business owner of a temporary patio will mitigate any negative impacts on abutting or nearby residential use, including prioritizing the use of the right of way land before utilizing private space near residential uses.
  6. Temporary patios must meet all Accessibility Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act, 2005.
  7. 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.
  8. All requirements of the Ontario Fire Code must be met.
  9. Please refer to updated information regarding tents and awnings on Building Code Services webpage.
  10. Once the City receives the completed form, City staff will contact you regarding the property owner notification and provide the Ward Councillor notification of the proposed temporary patio.

  • No cost

Approximate timeline

  • 10 business days

Please send an email to the Right-of-Way Permit Office.