Temporary opening of outdoor restaurant terraces – City of Mississauga



Restaurants are allowed to temporarily expand patios, provided they comply with City requirements and COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Today, restaurants and bars with a valid 2020 business license are allowed to temporarily expand outdoor seating and dining areas, provided they meet city requirements and meet COVID safety guidelines. -19 for clients and staff.

“I am delighted to help revive the takeover of our restaurants and bars with the introduction of temporary patios. We have waived several application fees and are speeding up the process to get restaurants back up and running as soon as possible while ensuring everyone’s health and safety, ”said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “I look forward to making the most of the summer and showing my support for our local businesses and hope residents will do the same as we begin the road to recovery together. I also encourage landlords to work with tenants to find solutions that work for both parties. Without customers, businesses can’t afford to pay rent, so let’s make it a win-win for everyone.

Temporary patios on public lands

Temporary patios proposed on the right-of-way of the city’s municipal road or on a municipal parking lot will require a temporary patio permit. Restaurants can apply online starting today. A dedicated team is in place to review applications upon receipt.

Restaurants with questions regarding the application process can contact the City at [email protected] or can call 905-615-3200 ext. 5593 or ext. 8581. For public safety, temporary terraces will not be considered on the rights-of-way of municipal roads with posted speed limits greater than 50 km / h.

Temporary patios on private land

For temporary patios on private land, no permit is required. However, the patios must meet the design requirements. Restaurants should seek permission from the owner or property manager prior to installation.

Temporary restaurant terraces are permitted with the passage of Mississauga in Stage 2 of our Province of Ontario’s reopening framework, provided appropriate health and safety measures are in place. All local businesses must adhere to the guidelines of the Province of Ontario and the Region of Peel. New resources available to support business reopening and recovery at mississauga.ca/business-covid-19.


Last week, the City tabled a temporary use by-law, which must be approved by Council, to allow temporary outdoor terraces for restaurants. In the meantime, Council suspended the application of existing zoning by-laws to allow temporary outdoor patios when Mississauga was allowed to proceed to Step 2.

Council will consider the approval of the temporary use by-law following a virtual public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 9 a.m. during the planning and development committee. Everyone is welcome to watch the live stream, listen over the phone, or submit comments in advance. More information on how to participate can be found here.

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Media contact:
Audrey Ready Holt, AVR
Strategic communication department
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200, ext. 3389
[email protected]
TTY: 905-896-5151



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