Boulevard Encroachment Applications

Downtown Patios


The purpose of the Boulevard Encroachment Permit By-law is to provide temporary relief from the Sidewalk Patio and Merchandise Display By-law, providing additional opportunities for physical distancing for the health, safety and well-being of persons, as a direct result of COVID-19. Anyone wishing to use the municipal sidewalk to expand a patio or display merchandise available in an adjacent retail store is required to obtain permission from the municipality prior to using the sidewalk for such purposes through the issuance of a permit.

Tentative installation dates for 2022 sidewalk and on-street patios is the week of May 16-20 and is contingent on weather forecasting and completion of spring maintenance and inspection of the sidewalks and roadways.

Additional conditions will apply to Boulevard Encroachment Permit holders that extend operations into the winter months. Please note that on-street patios are not permitted after October 31. Winter conditions are contained within the sample permit provided and include requirements for winter maintenance to a standard agreed upon by Public Work which is to include but not be limited to the removal of snow in and around the encroachment area, salting/sanding of the encroachment area, use of portable heaters. The Town will not be held responsible for any damages that may result from conducting winter maintenance.

The use of portable heaters must meet the TSSA guidelines, and an inspection is required by Fire Services prior to their use. For more information on the use of portable heaters, contact .

Business Owners that are issued a boulevard encroachment permit are required to comply with all regulations and guidelines issued by the Province, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and any other agency that issues guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Province continues to open, these guidelines may change. Make sure you are reviewing them regularly to ensure you are up-to-date.

What you need to know before submitting your application form

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Does your restaurant have a patio on private property? Are you looking to temporarily expand your existing patio? 

A team has been set up to review requests for extensions of patios on private property. This process involves the review of public safety, access, location, and other site-related matters. As of January 1, 2023, licensed patios require municipal approval to expand temporarily. Previously a municipal statement of non-objections was required by the AGCO. Applications will be available in spring 2023. To learn more, please get in touch with

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Town of Collingwood - Clerk Services
Becky Dahl, Deputy Clerk
PO Box 157, 97 Hurontario St, Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 3Z5