Restaurant operators can now apply for a curb lane café. Application deadline: April 2, 2022 by 11:59 p.m.

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.

Step 1: Read the CaféTO Guidebook

Read the Curb Lane Café Guidebook for 2022.

Step 2: Before Applying

For eating establishments that wish to operate a curb lane café (on the road) in 2022, 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 to inquire about exception details.)
  • A completed Certificate of Insurance* that’s been completed by a broker or an insurer.
  • A City of Toronto Café Permit Number for existing cafés. This number starts with R57.

*This insurance is for liability only as the City is the owner of the property on which the new or expanded café is located. This is a risk for which you have already been assessed by your broker or insurance company.

Step 3: Register

Please complete the application 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 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.

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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You can also add your restaurant to Destination Toronto’s ToGoToronto.com, a free listing of more than 700 Toronto restaurants that are open for safe takeout, delivery and patios as public health restrictions allow.