Patio permits

(Source: City of Ottawa)

The city’s patio program allows businesses such as bars, restaurants and cafés to put outdoor seating on a municipal right of way.

An initial review and approval in accordance with the provisions of the Right of Way Patio By-law is required, after which permits may be issued.

There are two patio seasons: a summer season from April 1 to Oct. 31, and a winter season from Nov. 1 to March 31. A permit is required for each season the patio is to be on the right of way.

The approval process includes a first-time review fee of $323.50, or $540 if public circulation is required.

Permits cost $28.30 per square metre, per month, in the summer (April to October) and $9.10 per square metre, per month, in the winter (November to March), plus a $59.20 permit  processing fee.

Here’s a link to the form for first-time applicants as well as the form for returning applicants.

Looking for more information? Contact the right-of-way permit office at 613-580-2424 x16000 or call 3-1-1.