CaféTO is a program that provides restaurants and bars in Toronto with the opportunity to expand their outdoor dining space through sidewalk cafés, curb lane cafés or patios on private property.

Sidewalk cafés are outdoor eating areas located on sidewalks where food or drinks are served to the public by a licensed eating or drinking establishment.

Curb lane cafés provide expanded temporary outdoor dining space by reallocating the public right-of-way on curb lanes for use by licensed eating or drinking establishments.

Learn about the Amplified Live Music on Patios pilot program that allows amplified live music on CaféTO curb lane and sidewalk cafés in eight City wards.

Through CaféTO, the City has amended its regulations to make it easier for eating and drinking establishments to install or expand patios on private property.

New for 2022, café operators were eligible for a matching grant of up to $7,500 to cover 50 per cent of the cost of eligible property or site improvements related to curb lane café installations, sidewalk cafés or patios on private property, through the CaféTO Property Improvement Program. Applications are now closed.

Learn more about the permit, registration and zoning bylaws for the three café types below.

Sidewalk Cafés

Apply for a sidewalk café permit to serve food and drinks on the public right-of-way (sidewalk).

Curb Lane Cafés

Register to install or expand a temporary curb lane café on public property.

Patios on Private Property

Find details about the rules for installing or expanding patios on private property, such as parking lots.