Applications for a 2024 Curb Lane Café permit are now closed.

Once you submit your application, you will receive an email with a reference number. City staff will keep you informed on your application’s status and notify you of missing documentation or required revisions. If there is incorrect or insufficient information in your submitted documents, this may extend the processing timeline.

1. Staff conduct safety and feasibility reviews

City staff will review your application to ensure the requirements of Chapter 742 have been met, including traffic safety and construction impacts. City staff will also check for outstanding fees or fines, and review your past compliance with other applicable bylaws (e.g. Chapter 591 (Noise)) and legislation (e.g. Health Protection and Promotion Act and Liquor Licence Act).

An application will be refused if:

  • the application contains false, misleading or fraudulent information
  • the bylaw requirements are not met
  • you have outstanding summons or unpaid fees or fines.

2. Fee payment and curb lane café dimensions

If your application is approved, City staff will email you with:

  1. The official Traffic Plan, which shows you where you can locate your curb lane café and the size of your café.
  2. The amount owing in fees.

Once you receive this email, you will be asked to:

  • Pay your application and permit fee online. Application fees are only charged if the application has been approved. The permit fee is determined once the size of your curb lane café has been approved. Details are found in the Guidebook.
  • Submit a Certificate of Insurance issued by your insurer for $2,000,000 General Liability with the City listed as additional insured. The Name of the Insured must match the Legal Name on your Municipal Business Licence.

3. Temporary platform design submission

After receiving a Traffic Plan from City staff that informs you of your final café size and location, you must develop and submit your Temporary Accessible Platform Package by April 15 for review. Once approved, your temporary accessible platform must be installed by June 1. Please see the section below for more information.

4. Successful applicants will receive a copy of the signed agreement and a curb lane café permit.

Once the safety and traffic equipment has been set up you may open and operate your curb lane café.

All CaféTO operators are required to install platforms providing level access between the sidewalk and the café to increase the navigability of the curb lane, especially for cyclists; create safer and more accessible cafés; and improve the dining experience for customers.

  • Requirements for the temporary platform design are found in the Guidebook.
  • The designs must be approved by the City before installation.
  • All drawings must be stamped/signed by a licensed professional such as an engineer, architect, or Building Code Identification Number (BCIN) licensed designer.
  • Detailed, scaled plans and specifications must be submitted to determine if the proposed curb lane café platform meets the requirements set in Chapter 742.
  • Your completed Temporary Accessible Platform Package must be uploaded on the permit portal no later than April 15.

To assist applicants with their platform submissions, The Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) has compiled helpful resources.

Once the Temporary Accessible Platform Package has been approved by the City, the platform must be installed by June 1.

City staff will communicate to you the date they close the curb lane and install the safety and traffic equipment. Temporary platforms are only permitted to be installed during the café season and must be removed before your scheduled curb lane café removal date. You are responsible for the disassembly, removal and storage of your platform, at your own cost, in the event of planned or emergency capital or utility work, as directed by the General Manager of Transportation Services, or their delegate.

You are able to operate your curb lane café without a platform until June 1, as long as you provide an accessible ramp and all the safety and traffic equipment is installed. Details are found in the Guidebook.

In 2023, Council approved a partial cost-recovery fee structure, with a three-year phase-in schedule, for application and permit fees.

Application Fee

In 2024, a one-time (non-refundable), flat rate application fee of $570.90 will be charged when a new application is made. This fee is not charged when a permit is renewed. This fee is also not charged if your curb lane café application is rejected.

Seasonal Permit Fee

Seasonal permit fees for curb lane cafés are based on a café’s size (measured in square metres). A seasonal permit fee must be paid each year. In 2024, the seasonal permit fee for a curb lane café is $87.40 per square metre (m²), or approximately 11 square feet (ft²). Fees will be determined upon application approval by the size of your curb lane café.

Seasonal Permit Fees
Year Cost per square metre
2024 $87.40
2025 $132.42

Permit Transfer Fee

In 2024, a one-time (non-refundable) transfer fee of $338.13 is charged each time a permit is transferred to another operator. For a permit transfer to be approved, it must meet the requirements set out in the Chapter 742. For more information and to initiate the permit transfer, contact City staff.

Insurance Requirements

Proof of at least $2,000,000 of Commercial General Liability insurance against loss or damage resulting from bodily injury to or death of one or more persons, or from loss of or damage to property resulting from any one accident, with the City listed as additional insured. The Name of the Insured must match the Legal Name on your Municipal Business Licence.

The completed Certificate of Insurance must be signed and stamped by the insurer and uploaded onto the Permit Portal using your reference number and upload token provided by the City.

Timelines for CaféTO 2024 Season
Action Time
Permit applications and renewals Closed on March 1 at 11:59 p.m.
Platform designs due March 15 to April 15
90% of curb lane cafés open Victoria Day weekend (May 17 to 20)
Deadline for platform installation June 1
Removal of operators’ curb lane café patio and platforms By October 15

It is the operator’s responsibility to ensure compliance with all Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) regulations as well as adhere to any conditions on their liquor sales licence. Restaurant and bar operators wishing to apply for permanent changes to liquor licences will still need to apply for approvals through the AGCO.

Permit holders must notify the AGCO of your approval, the duration of your approval and any conditions on the approval.

In 2022, the provincial government amended Regulation 746/21 to the Liquor Licence and Control Act to establish new options for approving temporary outdoor physical extensions, which took effect January 1, 2023. The new framework replaces the temporary AGCO policy that was in place between 2020 and 2022 and allows the City to approve temporary outdoor physical extensions if the establishment has an existing permanent liquor sales licence and the extended licensed area is adjacent 10 metres or less to the existing licensed establishment.

Learn about the New Framework for Temporary Outdoor Physical Extensions (Temporary Patios) at the AGCO.