Last updated: June 15, 2021 at 11 a.m.

Register now for a CaféTO curb lane and/or sidewalk café.

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 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.


You will be able to apply for a sidewalk café at any time throughout the duration of CaféTO.

There will be multiple registration windows for curb lane cafés for this year’s program:

Registration Window Date Notes
Window 1 Opens Friday, February 26 at 9 a.m. and closes on Friday, March 26 Pending public health orders, the first approved curb lane closure locations from window #1 would be installed as soon as May.
Window 2 Open Saturday, March 27 at 9 a.m. and closes on Monday, April 26 Pending public health orders, the first approved CaféTO curb lane closure locations for window #2 would be in installed in June.
Window 3 Opens Monday, April 26 and closes on Wednesday, May 26 Pending public health orders, the first approved CaféTO curb lane closure locations for window #3 would be installed after curb lanes from windows 1 and 2 are in place.

More registration windows are expected to be available this summer. Please watch this page or contact your local BIA for updates.

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.