Sidewalk cafés, formerly known as boulevard cafés, are outdoor eating areas located on sidewalks where food or drinks is served to the public by a licensed eating or drinking establishment.
A sidewalk café that is located immediately adjacent to the frontage wall of the associated establishment.
A café that is located close to the curb. Pedestrians walk between the café and the building frontage. Wait staff cross the pedestrian clearway to deliver food and beverages to the café.
A café that is located in the parking lane of a street upon a platform that is constructed to make the café level with and accessible from the sidewalk.
Individuals, partnerships or corporations.
Please review application requirements outlined below.
The Licence and Permit Issuing Office at the East York Civic Centre is closed due to COVID-19. Businesses requiring licences and/or permits from the City of Toronto can email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be contacted directly by City staff about their applications. Licence application and renewal fees must be paid online.
Review the regulations in the new bylaw for sidewalk cafés.
Download the application guide to review the requirements for your permit.
One piece of valid government issued identification is required for an officer or signing authority (for corporations), who appears on the Primary Business Licence.
All applications must include:
Submit the following with your application if the proposed sidewalk café will have an awning:
All applications must include:
Proof of at least $2,000,000 of comprehensive insurance against loss or damage resulting from bodily injury to or death of one or more persons, or from loss of or damage to property resulting from any one accident.
The completed insurance form must be signed and stamped by the insurer.
There are two permit fee zones:
|Fee Zone||Sidewalk Café ($/m2)|
ML&S shall deny an application for, or a renewal, for all businesses required to be licenced under this chapter that has:
Despite these screening criteria, if a licence has been previously issued or renewed and the applicant’s or licensee’s record discloses no new breach of the screening criteria, the licence may be issued or renewed without the matter being referred to the Toronto Licensing Tribunal.
These screening criteria do not apply to any offence for which a licensee or applicant has been granted a criminal record suspension (i.e. a pardon) by the Parole Board of Canada.
Applications take six to eight weeks to process. Staff will contact you via email or hard copy letter with instructions once your application has been approved.
Your permit will expire annually on the anniversary of the date that the permit was first issued.
The renewal fee will be calculated based on a variety of factors, including where your patio will be located
A renewal notice, identifying any documents required to renew the permit, will be mailed to the address on file.
Payments received after the permit expiry date are subject to late fees in addition to the annual permit fee.
If you fail to renew your permit according to the bylaw, your permit will be cancelled and you will have to reapply.