Patio season returns with changes and improvements to permitting

As the weather warms up and Calgarians look to make the most of our sunny days, The City is once again supporting Calgary’s business community and outdoor patios by waiving fees and creating opportunities for design and size with new recommendations on patio placement.

“The City is now accepting outdoor patio applications,” says Erin Chrusch, Acting Lead, Business and Local Economy. “We recognize that this is a transition year for businesses and our local economy, so for the third straight year there will not be a fee to apply for a patio permit.”

Along with the  waiving of fees, on Council’s direction and in response to concerns heard the last two years about temporary patios,Patio_ren2 Administration has made some changes to this year’s program. “This year, business operators, wherever possible, can locate their seasonal patios in the parking or curbside lane,” says Chrusch. “This will leave the sidewalk unobstructed for pedestrian accessibility.”

For patios located on sidewalks, there must be a minimum continuous clearance of two metres to allow for public passage. This new recommendation aligns with best practices for patios and accessibility, removes obstructive pedestrian detours and allows businesses to flex their design and aesthetic muscles when planning an outdoor patio.

Business owners who wish to explore a patio option on public or private land can go to for more information and to get the permit process started.