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Temporary Patio & Sidewalk Sale Permits

To support local businesses' ability to adhere to new COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines outlined by the Provincial Health Officer, you can now apply for a permit for temporary patios or sidewalk sales areas.

The permit authorizes the temporary creation or expansion of patios, sidewalk sales, or parking stall cafes on District-owned or privately-owned land, until October 31, 2021*.

* Previously, the program was set to end on October 31, 2020. On October 20th, District of Squamish Council voted to extend the program for one year.

About the Program

To support local Squamish businesses as they adapt to the new COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines as outlined by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), the District has created a streamlined and user-friendly temporary patio permit application process for businesses seeking to expand their service area temporarily until October 31st, 2021. The District is supporting patio expansions and sidewalk sales on private land and parking stalls, District sidewalks, boulevards, and more. Under this program, businesses can erect temporary structures, such as pop-up tents, umbrellas, temporary railings, or fencing that sits above the ground.

Looking to invest in more permanent options for your patio or sidewalk sale area, such as permanent awnings or retractable roofs, that can remain in place beyond October 2021? Permanent structures will require a building permit process, which requires more lead time. Contact staff at patios@squamish.ca if you're unsure of which program is right for you. 

How to Apply

  1. Create a dimensioned sketch to scale where your proposed temporary patio or sidewalk sales area will be located (this can be hand drawn).
  2. If on District land, ensure your sketch incorporates our guidelines for design.
  3. Complete and sign the electronic application form.
  4. Submit your form and drawing to patios@squamish.ca for approval.

We will be reviewing applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow 5 business days for your application to be processed. You will receive a confirmation via the email address you provide.

If your business requires permits from the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, you can apply to the Liquor Board now. The District of Squamish has opted out of Liquor and Cannabis Licensing approvals to make this temporary patio process more efficient for business owners.

Change Requests

For current operators who have a Temporary Patio / Sidewalk Sale permit, please submit any change requests in writing to patios@squamish.ca. Please include a description of your requested change, plus a drawing of your changes.

This includes requests for new elements to winterize temporary patios and sidewalk sales areas, such as the addition of temporary heaters and/or shelter.

Staff commit to providing a fast turnaround for approvals that follow program guidelines.