Outdoor Business Spaces (Patios)

For business owners wanting to expand their capacity or retail space, the City of Coquitlam allows for an outdoor expansion in certain situations. Examples of intended outdoor expansion uses include:

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

For information on the overall program, contact us by email.


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

For private property expansions:

  • Submit your application form, agent authorization form, site plans, and building plans to the City of Coquitlam.
  • If you have a liquor licence, the Liquor/Cannabis Licensing Branch has pre-approved seating expansion areas until June 1, 2022. Be sure to go to their site to apply for the extension.
  • You will not be required to change your Coquitlam Business Licence conditions.
  • Business operators will be fully responsible for the safe installation and operation of the patio expansion area.

To apply, complete this application (PDF).

For questions regarding expanding patios or your application, contact us by email.