Register now for a CaféTO sidewalk café.
Please note: Registration has closed for curb lane cafés in 2021.

Please provide your feedback on the CaféTO program

All local restaurant operators, CaféTO diners and members of the public are encouraged to complete the CaféTO survey to help us shape the City’s outdoor dining programs and the future of Toronto’s streets

Step 1: Read the CaféTO Guidebook

Read the updated CaféTO guidebook to better understand this year’s program.

Step 2: Before Registering

For eating establishments that would like to install or expand a sidewalk or curb lane café (on the road) in 2021, please make sure to have the following pieces of information available:

  • A City of Toronto Eating Establishment Licence Number (starts with B71)
    • Some exceptions may be possible for businesses holding other licence types, please contact CafeTO@toronto.ca for further details
  • A completed Certificate of Insurance* completed by a broker/insurer
  • A City of Toronto Café Permit Number (for existing cafés – starts with R57)
  • Letter of Permission from the adjacent tenant and/or property owner (if you would like to expand your existing sidewalk café in front of an adjacent property)

*As the city is the owner of the property to which the new or expanded café is located, this insurance is for liability only, a risk you have already been assessed and insured for by your broker/insurance company.

Step 3: Register

Please complete the registration form, even if you have previously received permission under CaféTO.

  • We strongly recommend that you view/print a preview of the form in advance.

All applicants for CaféTO will be required to submit a complete Certificate of Insurance. Comprehensive Liability Coverage of at least $1,000,000 is required. A blank copy of the CaféTO Certificate of Insurance is available for download.

Effective 12:01 a.m. June 11: when subject to no other regulations, the majority of CaféTO patios facing 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. Patios facing local side streets must close by 11 p.m. so last call for alcohol service will be 10:15 p.m.