Temporary Outdoor Business Spaces

In an effort to facilitate the reopening of local businesses and in aid of Coquitlam’s economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has reviewed its regulations and created a new process for processing applications for food and beverage business owners wishing to expand their seating capacity, or for retailers seeking to add sales area.

The extra space is intended to allow patrons more space to maintain physical distancing. Examples could include:

  • Restaurant or table seating;
  • Merchant displays (e.g. clothing racks, outdoor tables, etc.);
  • Pick-up or drop-off kiosk or customer queuing; or
  • Checkout areas.

For information on the overall program, contact us by email

  1. Expansions on Private Property
  2. Expansions on Public Property 
  3. Future Phase
  4. How to Apply

The first phase of this program, approved on June 1, 2020, permits temporary expansion of outdoor business space to the business operator’s private property area. The City has committed to reviewing submissions and, if acceptable, approving a temporary outdoor space permit within two to three business days.

For private property expansions:

  • No building permit is required for outdoor seating, tents and canopies;
  • No business licence changes are required for the temporary spaces;
  • The City has pre-approved applications for liquor licence changes for temporary spaces by local restaurants, pubs and breweries;
  • There will be no City review of parking and siting requirements; and
  • Businesses are responsible for safely installing and operating the new spaces.

Review the Guidelines and fill out this Application Form.

For questions on the program or to apply contact us by email.

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