Mayor Gregor Robertson is pretty enthusiastic about patios in the summertime — so much that he put forward a motion for an official “patio day.”
Vancouver City Council recently approved the motion to install the one-day celebration, where restaurants and businesses will be allowed to place temporary patios on the sidewalk or business parking stalls.
Businesses — even those who currently don’t have a patio — can apply for a temporary permit to use a chunk of the sidewalk or part of a parking stall on that day. Applications for serving alcohol are limited to businesses that already have licensed patios.
Patio Day will start at 10 a.m., and all furniture placed outside will have to be removed by 11 p.m.
Details about applying for a temporary license can be found here.
This year, Patio Day will fall on the same day as B.C. Day, which is held on the first Monday of August.
Just recently, Vancouver allowed for 72 patios around town to keep their patios open until 1 a.m., as part of the City’s extended patio pilot project.