Read the Curb Lane Café Guidebook for 2022.
Curb lane cafés provide expanded temporary outdoor dining space by reallocating the public right-of-way on curb lanes for use of food and drink establishments, who must follow current public health guidelines as developed by Toronto Public Health and the Province of Ontario.

All applicants for CaféTO curb lane cafes will be required to submit a complete Certificate of Insurance. Comprehensive Liability Coverage of at least $2,000,000 is required. A blank copy of the CaféTO Certificate of Insurance is available for download.

Operators must apply for and receive approval from the City prior to installing a temporary platform (i.e., deck) for their curb lane cafés. More information about the related requirements for temporary platforms can be found in the Curb Lane Café Guidebook.

Temporary Decks and Platforms Application Form 

New in 2022: A cost-share grant is available for operators wishing to install a temporary platform. More information is available on the Commercial and Industrial Property Improvement Program webpage.

The majority of CaféTO patios on main streets may serve alcohol until 2 a.m. and must close by 2:45 a.m. However, where alternative hours of operation have been imposed by Community Council, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) or Provincial regulations, these will take precedence. Curb lane cafés on local side streets must close by 11 p.m. so last call for alcohol service will be 10:15 p.m.

Amplified sound is prohibited on curb lane cafés. Businesses are also prohibited from projecting amplified sound from inside their establishment onto the public patio. If amplified sound is playing inside, then all doors and windows must be closed as required by the Sidewalk Cafés, Parklets And Marketing Displays Bylaw. Acoustic sound is permitted on curb lane cafés but must remain compliant with the Noise Bylaw. There may be additional regulations on noise and sound in cafés depending on current public health orders.

The City of Toronto’s Amplified Live Music on Patios pilot program allows amplified live music on CaféTO cafés located on main streets. Participating wards include  Beaches-East YorkToronto-DanforthDavenport, Toronto Centre, Parkdale-High Park, Spadina-Fort York, University-Rosedale and Scarborough Centre.

Amplified live music is permitted between May 1 and November 7 on main streets only (flankage cafés on local roads or patios on private property are not eligible to participate). Please ensure live music is amplified only within the following scheduled times:

  • Thursdays and Fridays, 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturdays, noon to 10 p.m.
  • Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.

The CaféTO permit holder must comply with the Noise Bylaw  at all times.

It is the responsibility of curb lane café operators to follow the rules and ensure their curb lane café is accessible for patrons, and that the curb lane café does not restrict the movements of pedestrians on the sidewalk.

The Curb Lane Café Guidebook contains important rules that curb lane café operators must follow, such as maintaining the pedestrian clearway, cane-detectability and colour contrasting of café materials. The Guidebook also has some suggestions to improve the accessibility of the outdoor dining space, including furniture choice and layout of the curb lane café.

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