A new bylaw for sidewalk cafes and marketing displays will come into effect on September 1, 2019. Learn more about updated fees and regulations for existing permit holders and changes to permit application process.

Restaurant/cafe owners can apply for a sidewalk patio (boulevard cafe) encroachment to allow them to serve on the public right-of-way (sidewalk). If you have a new business licence for an establishment with an existing encroachment agreement, the permit must be transferred to the new owner.

Individuals, partnerships or corporations.

Apply in person at the North York District Office located in the North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St, 2nd floor.

If the applicant is an agent of the business owner, a letter signed by the owner, authorizing the agent to act on the owner’s behalf is required.

Application Form

Applicant will be contacted if more information is required or if the application is incomplete. The application process will not proceed until all information is received.

Sketch of Proposed Patio and any Awnings and Enclosures

  • one copy of an up-to-date plan of survey
  • one copy of professionally prepared site plan showing the location of the proposed outdoor cafe in relation to the city’s street line, sidewalk, utility poles, fire hydrants and trees
  • proposed landscaping on City property requires a detailed landscape plan (one copy)
  • description of any proposed paving material
  • one copy of professionally prepared elevation drawing depicting any fencing, awning, etc.
    • drawings must be submitted electronically and in AutoCad


Provide three photos of the frontage and/or flankage areas.

Insurance Requirements

Provide a certificate of insurance evidencing a third party bodily injury and property damage insurance in an amount of $2,000,000.

City of Toronto must be added as an additional insured party under the policy.


Additional Fees

Additional fees may be charged once the application has been approved, and must be paid on an annual basis.

$9.51 per square metre x months operating, plus HST

If there is an awning:

$4.27 per square metre, plus HST

The application process will take a minimum of 12 weeks.

  • The application is circulated to city divisions and utility companies for comments
  • A report is drafted and the application is considered by Community Council

Should the Application be Approved:

  • Applicant must enter into encroachment agreement with the City
  • Additional legal fees may be charged
  • Pay an annual fee to the City for the use of road allowance and comply with any conditions the City may impose
  • Obtain a construction/street occupation permit prior to the start of any construction