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Temporary Patio Requirements

In response to the Province of Manitoba's Restoring Safe Services plan released on April 29, 2020, the City of Winnipeg is offering an expedited process to allow for restaurants and licensed manufacturers with tasting rooms (breweries, micro distilleries, etc.) to establish temporary patio spaces. The temporary patios must comply with the general safety requirements outlined in the Temporary Patio Registration Form, and will be allowed to operate without permit until July 6, 2020 unless otherwise extended, if registered with the City. Please continue to check back for updates on operational dates for registered temporary patios.

Please Note: Temporary Patio Requirements are only in effect until July 6, 2020, unless otherwise extended by the City as a result of the Province's plan. You will need to follow the established City of Winnipeg patio permit process when the temporary patio registration process is no longer in effect. To prepare for a smooth transition of the operation of your patio from being registered to being permitted, please submit your permit application as soon as possible to allow time for the required processing and approvals to be completed.


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Registration Process
  1. Complete the Temporary Patio Registration Form
  2. Email the completed Registration Form to the Zoning & Permits Office at
  3. Open your patio. If you intend to serve alcohol you must contact the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority prior to commencing service.
  4. If the patio is in the Public Right of Way, provide a Certificate of Insurance to the City of Winnipeg Risk Management Division within 5 business days of registration. Refer to the Registration Form Appendix for details.
General Safety Guidelines

All temporary patios must comply with the following general safety guidelines, which can also be found on the Temporary Patio Registration Form:

General Safety Requirements:

  • Patio must be open air - No tents/structures/canopies.
  • Patios with 60 persons or less shall be provided with one or more means of egress (minimum of one – 3'- 0" (900mm) opening or swing gate).
  • Patios with greater than 60 persons, shall provide two remote means of egress (minimum of two – 3'-0" (900mm) openings or swing gates that open out from the patio).
  • A fence surrounding the patio is required if alcohol is being served.
  • Fences must be secured without damaging or drilling into the sidewalk, roadway or curb.
  • Patio umbrellas, planter boxes, signs, sandwich boards, etc. must not overhang or extend beyond the fenced area.
  • A clear path of pedestrian travel of 5'-0" (1.5 m) min. must be maintained on the sidewalk.
  • Patio must be 19'-8" (6 m) back from a bus stop if any.
  • Patio must not extend in front of adjacent tenant spaces.
  • There must be access to a fire extinguisher inside or outside the building, and 3'-3" (1 m) clearance for the fire department connection.
  • The organization of tables, seating and access must accommodate a wheelchair.
  • Fence and all furniture within the patio must be equal to or less than 3'-3" (1 m) in height. 
  • Business name and logo may appear on fencing, but other banners and signs are generally prohibited.
  • The size of patio should be limited as necessary to minimize disturbance where there are nearby residential dwellings. Patio service shall be stopped by 11:00 pm unless otherwise extended by the City, and sound levels are not to exceed 60d Ba.
  • All cooking must take place inside within the licensed area.
  • No open-air fires (bonfires, no solid fuel permitted) allowed within the patio, however enclosed gas radiant heaters can be used as per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • The patio area shall be set back from the face of the curb by a minimum of 1'-8" (0.5m).
  • In an emergency maintenance/repair situation the patio elements will be removed by others to allow for the maintenance/repair activities. In a non-emergency maintenance/repair situation notice will be provided to the applicant to have the patio elements removed to allow for the maintenance/repair activities.

Additional General Safety Requirements for Patios in the Right of Way:

  • Patios are not permitted on two-lane roads.
  • Patios in the curb lane are only permitted in locations where parking is allowed at all times of day. Locations like Portage Ave where parking is prohibited during peak periods are not permitted.
  • Patios cannot encroach into existing loading zones.
  • Patios cannot be located on streets with a speed limit over 50 km/h.
  • Patios cannot be within 29'-7" (9m) upstream of stop signs, traffic signals.
  • Patios cannot be within 9'-10" (3m) of an intersection.
  • A post with a hazard marker sign must be added to the outside corner of the patio facing oncoming traffic. The hazard marker sign (reference WA-36R from the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada) should face traffic approaching the patio and be located on the post such that the bottom edge of the sign is no more than 3'-3" (1.0 m) above the boardwalk.
  • The side of the patio adjacent to traffic must end a minimum 3'-3" (1.0m) from the edge of the adjacent travel lane.
  • That the top of the patio be level with the top of the curb where pedestrians cross back and forth from the patio to the sidewalk/boulevard.
  • A fence with a height equal to 3'-3" (1.0m) must separate the patio from the roadway.
Fees
Fees will be waived for the registration of Temporary Patios.
Inspections/Occupancy
You are not required to call for inspections; however, the City may conduct audit inspections of patios to ensure compliance with the general safety requirements outlined in the Registration Form.

You are not required to request an Occupancy Permit; however, you are required to comply with the Provincial social distancing guidelines.

If you require an Occupancy Permit to obtain a Liquor License, the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba will be notified of the registration of your patio in lieu of an Occupancy Permit.
Patio Permit Requirements after July 6, 2020, Unless Otherwise Extended
Refer to the Application Steps for a Sidewalk and On-Street Patio brochure for details.
Registered Temporary Patios
The list of registered patios will be updated daily by 10:30 am.

View a list of the Registered Temporary Patios

Questions
We're here to help. Please contact the Zoning & Permits Office if you have any questions. We will be working over the weekend of May 2-3 to address your questions and process your registrations. Please email any questions to the email address noted below, or give us a call and we will return your message as soon as possible.

Last update: May 22, 2020

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