As announced by the Government of Ontario outdoor dining is permitted with restrictions. Mississauga’s temporary patio program and amended Temporary Use By-law allows restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments to operate their temporary outdoor patios until December 31, 2021. Businesses can also install temporary tents/covered areas and heating devices as part of their patios, in accordance with provincial and City regulations.
Permanent structures such as platforms, are not permitted to be constructed under this program. If you require any construction for your temporary patio, such as building a wood platform, you must enter an encroachment agreement. For more information, email email@example.com or call 905.615.3200 ext. 5428.
Any platform that is higher than two feet above the average grade will also require a building permit.
- Temporary Outdoor Patios
An establishment looking to install a new temporary patio on public or private land can apply for a permit.
- Temporary Tents/Covered Areas
Restaurants that wish to install a temporary tent or covered area on their temporary patio on public land will require written permission from the City. Restaurants will be able to indicate whether they’d like to set up a temporary tent or covered area when requesting to extend or obtain their temporary patio permit.
Temporary tents or covered areas installed on public and private land must adhere to all provincial and City regulations.
- Outdoor Heating Devices
Restaurants that wish to install a heating device on their temporary patio on public land will require written permission from the City. Restaurants will be able to indicate whether they’d like to set up a heating device when requesting to extend or obtain their temporary patio permit.
Restaurants are permitted to use a heating device on their outdoor patio so long as it adheres to the Patio Heater Safety Guidelines as outlined by the Technical Standards & Safety Authority. The Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services department will inspect all outdoor patios with heating devices to ensure conditions are met.
More information about the City’s temporary patio program can also be found online at mississauga.ca/temporary-patio-program.