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:
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.
City Rights-of-Way, Sidewalks and Curbside Parking Stalls
The second phase, approved on July 6, 2020, allows patios and outdoor spaces on City rights-of-way, including sidewalks and curbside parking stalls, where it is safe and practical to do so. These sidewalks can range from simply putting out a few tables and chairs all the way up to constructed platforms, See complete guidelines. To apply, complete this application.
City Parklets, Temporary Street Closures and Outdoor Markets
As a third phase of the program, the City is exploring the further expansion of outdoor spaces to include other City-controlled lands such as temporary, city-owned parklet space, temporary or partial street closures, and temporary markets.
2. Send us your application. Remember to include an Agent Authorization Form, your site plan that shows distances, dimensions and the layout of structures, chairs, tables and other additions to the area. Email or submit your digital drawing package using our file transfer site: Qfile.coquitlam.ca. In-person appointments with City staff are also available by appointment at coquitlam.ca/appointments.
3. You may submit an online application to the City of Coquitlam that includes an Agent Authorization Form a Site Plan showing your proposal, and any other documentation supporting your proposal such as a copy of your Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch License Amendment approval from the Province.
4. You will be able to sign and receive your approval online using our convenient and secure electronic DocuSign program. You will also be able to pick up your approval in person by appointment.