Applications are now being accepted for expanded patios for 2020 as part of the Town of Oakville’s new Commercial Recovery Initiative. This program supports the town-wide reopening of commercial businesses in a practical and safe manner.

While the timeframe and requirements for physical distancing remain unknown, town staff are available to begin the intake and consultation process for patios, bistros and other measures requiring the use of public lands including municipal sidewalks and roadways to achieve physical distancing. While town permits will be issued, applicants must comply with provincial directives and regulations.

What’s New for 2020

  1. Town lands, such as sidewalks and parking spaces, will be available in 2020 for patios subject to permitting requirements.
  2. Opportunities for new or extended patios on private property with temporary exemptions from required parking.
  3. Application fees related to processing permits have been waived for 2020.
  4. Municipal information and documentation required by the AGCO can be processed at the same time, if applicable. Note: changes have been made to liquor licensing to allow for expanded patios (June 8, 2020).

Application Materials Required:

  • A completed 2020 patio permit application (pdf). Please complete and return via email. (Please disregard this step if you have already completed and submitted for the 2020 program).
  • A sample Encroachment Permit for your information: 
  • It contains the terms of use of the encroachment commitment.
  • Upon receipt of your application form, we will customize the agreement with your information (yellow highlighted areas) and email it out to be signed and returned.
  • Of note, for patios on private property, there is a separate agreement that we will send directly. It will also require a drawing of the patio location and size.
  • Drawing/sketch of your proposed patio location and dimensions of the area.
  • The final drawing will be attached as a schedule to the encroachment permit.
  • Upon our approval of the patio location and size, this drawing can be used in your AGCO application, where applicable.
  • Certificate of Insurance (refer to section ‘Insurance’ on page 2 of the Encroachment Permit for full details and requirements)
  • Summary: … including third party liability coverage with an insurance company acceptable to the Town, in the minimum amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000.00) in total and in the minimum amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000.00) for each occurrence and containing provisions satisfactory to the Town, naming the Town as an additional insured and being non-cancellable by the insurance company without reasonable written notice to the Town. 

Additional Program Information:

  • All processing fees collected by the Town have been waived
  • Town staff are available for on-site consultations to discuss proposed patio / bistro options.
  • If applicable, town staff can concurrently process municipal information and documentation required by the AGCO.  Review the information at liquor license application [the process under ‘liquor sales license’]. The link on our page will take you to the AGCO site for their information and forms.

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Apply for a permit by completing the 2020 patio permit application (pdf). Once complete, send to service@oakville.ca. For more details, please contact Service Oakville at 905-845-6601 or service@oakville.ca.

Town Staff to Assist 

Contact Christina Tizzard, Manager- Urban Design, Planning Services at christina.tizzard@oakville.ca or 905-845-6601, ext.3266 if there are any questions about the 2020 program and the requested application materials, as well as to discuss your proposal and to schedule an on-site consultation, where needed. 

Friendly reminders …

  • please do not construct or install the patio enclosures/platform until your permit is issued
  • please do not set up tables and chairs until the province has lifted the use restrictions and put regulations in place
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