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 business owners wishing to expand their capacity or retail space.

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:

  • Submit your application form and agent authorization form,  and site plan to the City of Coquitlam. Learn more about what is required in the guidelines.
  • If you have a liquor license, the Liquor/Cannabis Licensing Branch has pre-approved seating expansion areas. 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.
  • Your temporary patio expansion permit will expire once the pandemic is over.

Review the Guidelines (Planning and Development Bulletin #6) and fill out the Application Form.

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

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