The town is in the Red-Control level under the new provincial COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. Provincial orders remain in effect and we must all follow public health guidelines.
Through the Town of Oakville’s Commercial Recovery Initiative, a new program has been launched for 2020 which includes patios. This program supports the town-wide reopening of commercial businesses in a practical and safe manner.
While the timeframe and requirements for physical distancing remain unknown, town staff are available to begin the intake and consultation process for patios, bistros and other measures requiring the use of public lands including municipal sidewalks and roadways to achieve physical distancing. Expanded use of private lands for these purposed is also being accommodated.
While town permits will be issued, applicants must comply with provincial directives and regulations.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) has created an abbreviate process for the extension of the premises related to existing liquor licences onto new or expanded patios. Compliance with the requirements requires confirmation that the municipality does not object to the extension of the premises. For eligible patios confirmation that the town does not object will be provided with the permit for the patio. Separate applications and fees are not required.
To support businesses, the Town of Oakville has extended its current patio program to December 31, 2020. The extension is for patios on both public and private property, provided that all of the guidelines outlined on this webpage can be met.
Existing permit holders will require an extension agreement if they would like to use their patio beyond November 3, 2020. New requests for patios will require a new patio agreement.
Contact Service Oakville at 905-845-6601 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the extension of your existing patio permit.
Portable heating devices will be permitted on outdoor patios with an extension agreement, provided they meet the requirements, restrictions and guidelines outlined below. Heating a covered structure, such as a tent, will require a review/inspection by the Oakville Fire Department.
*Heaters are not permitted in an enclosed or partially enclosed area or underneath a combustible structure without a review/inspection by the Oakville Fire Department to ensure safety.
For the use of propane or other fire fueled heating appliance, the following specific safety guidelines apply:
It is the owner’s responsibility to review and abide by the requirements and guidelines and ensure the safe installation, operation and maintenance of portable outdoor patio heating units. Follow all manufacturer guidelines for assembly, installation and maintenance of the appliance. Seek the assistance of a qualified professional if required.
For more information on Patio Heater Safety, please review the TSSA Patio Heater Safety Guidelines.
Permit holders wishing to continue using or installing some form of covered structure, such as a tent, must consult with the Town of Oakville. Requirements for various tent sizes and location are outlined below:
If a tent is located more than three (3) metres from a building and less than 30 square metres in size
If a tent is located more than three (3) metres from a building and is between 30 square metres and 60 square metres in size
If a tent is located less than three (3) metres from a building OR greater than 60 square metres in size
Contact Service Oakville at 905-845-6601 or email@example.com to discuss your patio tent.
Should you have any questions, please contact Service Oakville at (905) 845-6601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Patio Guidelines are subject to change at the Town of Oakville’s discretion.