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Downtown BIA Patio Application

Downtown businesses can take advantage of summer weather by offering outdoor dining experiences amidst the pleasurable downtown and in proximity to the waterfront.

Fees revised for 2022 Patio Season

In continued support of recovery and impacted businesses, fees associated with the patio programs will be 50 per cent of the permit cost based on licensing fees for any new permit applications. Any patio that received a permit in 2020 and/or 2021 and has no changes to their approved patio will have their permit re-issued at no cost.

Downtown establishments can extend outdoor patios to the edge of the street. Pedestrian traffic flow will be maintained through the provision of temporary sidewalks, designed for pedestrian safety and temporarily located on some on-street parking spaces. Interested business owners are asked to contact the Downtown Barrie Business Improvement Area (BIA) (pre-approval from the BIA is required).

To apply for an Outdoor Patio, please complete in full and sign the Outdoor Patio Application. To ensure all information is provided and complete, please refer to the Outdoor Patio Checklist and Fee Schedule.

Business owners interested in obtaining a liquor license for the outdoor patio will require license approval from the AGCO. This is a separate process to be undertaken by the applicant. As a prerequisite, the applicant is required to complete the City's liquor license questionnaire.

The following inspections, approvals, and documentation must be provided at the time of application:

  • HEALTH UNIT – CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION (15 Sperling Drive, 705-721-7330)
  • COPY OF LIQUOR LICENCE QUESTIONNAIRE – This can also be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.
  • SECURITY: COPY OF CURRENT LIABILITY INSURANCE - General Liability Insurance from an insurer licensed in the province of Ontario for $2 million per occurrence with an aggregate limit of no less than $5 million to the Corporation of the City of Barrie against any liability for property damage or personal injury, negligence including death which may arise from the applicants operations under this agreement. The Corporation of the City of Barrie must be included as an “Additional Named Insured”. In addition the Commercial General Liability shall contain Cross Liability and Severability Clauses and Products & Completed Operations coverage including a standard contractual liability endorsement.

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