Restaurant/cafe owners can apply for a sidewalk patio (boulevard cafe) permit 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 permit, the permit must be transferred to the new owner.

Individuals, partnerships or corporations.

Apply in person at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office at East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell, 3rd floor.

Application materials may also be submitted online for review to mlsroadallowance@toronto.ca

East York: $63.95

Toronto: $280.62

*All fees include HST

An additional fee for the permit is required once the application has been approved. This fee is based on a variety of factors, including where your patio will be located. *All fees include HST

Area & Rate Code 1 (Area 2 in the bylaw): $92.41

Area & Rate Code 2 (Area 1 in the bylaw): $46.19

Area & Rate Code 3: $23.12

East York Fee: $25.15

Original Documents required for all applications (and renewal transactions:

  • Two pieces of government-issued identification (one must be photo ID)
    • Canadian Passport (Photo ID)
    • Driver’s Licence (Photo ID)
    • Canadian Birth Certificate
    • Citizenship Card
    • Permanent Resident Card
    • SIN Card (Social Insurance Number)
    • Valid Work Permit
  • Original Criminal Records/Background Check
    • Issued within the last 280 days

Note:

  • First and last names must match on all identification
  • We do not accept Health Cards

All applications must include:

  • 10 copies of a detailed sketch showing all dimensions of the proposed patio any awnings or enclosures;
  • Measured distances between the proposed patio fence and the location of the street and City sidewalk, side property lines, fire hydrants, trees, and other permanent objects on the street must be included.

Note:

  • All measurements must be in metric.

All applications must include:

  • three photos of the proposed patio area; one from the front and one from each side
  • Photos of any awnings or enclosures.

If the patio will have an awning, submit the following with your application:

  • Certificate of Fireproof rating
  • Mechanical specifications of the awning
  • The awning checklist included in the application package.

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.

A form certificate will be provided at time of application for your insurance provider to complete.

Completed forms that are signed and stamped by the insurer can be returned to our office by fax or email directly from the insurer.

Applications take six to eight weeks to process. Staff will contact you once the process is complete.

Your licence will expire annually on the anniversary of the date that the licence 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 licence, will be mailed to the address on file.

Payments received after the licence expiry date are subject to late fees in addition to the annual licence fee.

If you fail to renew your licence within 90 days of the specified renewal date, your licence will be cancelled and you will have to reapply.