Development Services StaffPatiosEverywhere@barrie.ca
Staff Report: Patios Everywhere Program – 2021 Patio Season
The Patios Everywhere Program is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is intended to support local restaurants by providing flexibility to restaurant owners while at the same time ensuring safety standards and measures remain in place.
Starting June 11, restaurants resumed outdoor dining, with restrictions. Patio hours have been extended until indoor dining is permitted under the provincial reopening plan. Get the details.
The City is working to protect the local economy and assist businesses with the supports needed to navigate these times. Visit Business Information & Support During COVID-19 for more information.
The Patios Everywhere Program is intended to address patios that are outside of the Business Improvement Area (BIA) / City Centre.
The COVID-19 pandemic has limited restaurants to takeout services only, and as the restrictions on restaurant operations ease restaurants are impacted by safety measures required to address such matters as physical distancing in a restaurant setting. This results in a reduced patron capacity. With the warmer weather, restaurants' use of patios and refreshment vehicles helps distribute capacity while meeting physical distancing measures.
The City reviews Patio Everywhere applications and design concepts from businesses to ensure universal accessibility, public safety (including Fire and separation from traffic) and the streetscape experience are enhanced and not negatively impacted by the introduction of a patio. All applications are required to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Patios must comply with the guidelines set out by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit; for more information please visit
Operating your Business Safely.
The Business Licensing (General) By-law (City By-Law 2006-266, as amended) will not apply for the 2021 patio season and will resume after November 30, 2021.
The requirements for refreshment vehicles include the following operating criteria:
If you are proposing a tent as part of the proposed patio, please note a permit may be required. Please email
PatiosEverywhere@barrie.ca to discuss your situation. A permit may not be required if the tent is:
If you have an existing patio approval from the 2020 Patios Everywhere Program and would like to establish a patio for 2021, please contact
The process to establish a new patio for the 2021 patio season consists of the following steps:
Applications for refreshment vehicles (food trucks) are open to those that currently have a City of Barrie licence and would like to operate in a new location for the duration of the Patios Everywhere program, and to those that do not have a City of Barrie licence and would like to operate in Barrie for the duration of the program. The application process consists of the following steps.
The program is designed to support an online application submission and issuance of approvals to help maintain physical distancing measures.
Applications can be submitted through the City’s online portal
barrie.ca/APLI. Choose "Exemption from Full Site Plan approval" and clearly state the proposal is for a patio or a refreshment vehicle in the application description.
This program will support local restaurants. The additional patio space across the City would provide options to create public spaces and to safely adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City of Barrie fees for the 2021 Patios Everywhere Program application process has been waived.
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