As of Friday, the City of Vancouver says it has approved and issued a total of 47 temporary expedited patio permits to restaurants, bars, and pubs.
The application period began on June 1, and so far the municipal government has received 101 applications. To help support businesses during the dire economic challenges, there is no cost to the application and permitting process.
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Of the applications that have already been approved, 41 are on public spaces such as city-owned sidewalks and curbside parking lanes, while the remaining six are on privately owned public spaces such as private sidewalks.
There are currently 23 applications under review, including 13 public patios and 10 private patios.
Of the total, city staff have rejected or asked for resubmissions for 31 applications.
These totals do not include 18 patio applications on private property, such as on ground-level parking of a brewery or a strip mall.
In a meeting Thursday night, Vancouver City Council approved new steps to expand the temporary expedited patio program to include patios on private property, but this will not happen immediately.
While patios on public property can be approved within two business days, assuming all requirements are met, the city says patios on private property require a “more comprehensive application and building review.”
City staff are aiming for private property temporary patio permit applications to be available by the end of this month, with approval provided within five business days for patios that do not require construction.
Breweries, wineries, and distilleries will not know about their ability to install patios until June 30, when a public hearing is scheduled over the proposed bylaw change.
The city says it will work with breweries, wineries, and distilleries to prepare applications. Similarly, those that complete development applications that do not require any construction can expect to receive their patio permit on private property within five business days.
For weeks, businesses have advocated for the urgent ability to install patios on sidewalks and curbside parking lanes to provide them with spillover dining capacity, given that BC’s provincial health officer mandated a 50% dining capacity limit to support physical distancing. These food and beverage businesses with table service have been operating under these requirements for the past three weeks under BC’s restart plan.
However, on Thursday, the provincial health officer announced that the blanket 50% restrictions will be lifted, instead requiring restaurants, pubs, and bars to develop and define their own capacities based on their unique spatial conditions. This could particularly benefit businesses with a smaller indoor dining space, and potentially reduce their reliance on making up for the lost capacity with patios.
For businesses pursuing the patio option, the city provided template patio drawings for use in their online application to help expedite their process.
Here is the list of restaurants, bars, and pubs with approved temporary flexible patios as of today:
|Alibi Room||#100-157 Alexander St|
|Argo Cafe||1836 Ontario St|
|Beaucoup Bakery and Cafe||2150 Fir St|
|Bomber Brewery||1488 Adanac St|
|Breaking Bean Kafe||551 Cardero St|
|Coho Coffee||1370 East Georgia St|
|Colony Bar||3255 West Broadway|
|Craft||85 West 1st Ave|
|Devil’s Elbow Alehouse||562 Beatty St|
|Do Chay Saigon Vegetarian Restaurant||1392 Kingway|
|Donnellan’s Irish Pub||1082 Granville St|
|Eight 1/2 restaurant lounge||151 East 8th Ave|
|El Camino’s (x2)||3250 Main St|
|Electric Bicycle Brewing||20 East 4th Ave|
|Fable||1944 West 4th Ave|
|Faculty Brewing Co.||1830 Ontario St|
|Fiore Famiglia||2603 West 16th Ave|
|Grub||4328 Main St|
|Junction Public House||1138 Davie St|
|Laduree||1141 Robson St|
|Lucky Taco||1685 Yew St|
|Main Street Brewing Company||261 East 7th Ave|
|Nuba Mount Pleasant (Cafe Nuba)||146 East 3rd Ave|
|OEB Breakfast Co||1137 Marinaside Cr|
|Off the Rail Brewing||1351 Adanac St|
|Old Bird||3950 Main St|
|Pink Elephant Thai Restaurant||1152 Alberni St|
|Pizzeria Bufala||5395 West Blvd|
|Provence Marinaside||1177 Marinaside Cr|
|Pumpjack||1167 Davie St|
|Published Restaurant||3593 Main St|
|R&B Brewing/Ale and Pizza||54 East 4th Ave|
|Ragazzi Pizza||2996 East 22nd Ave|
|Red Truck Stop||6295 East 1st Ave|
|Rogue||601 West Cordova St|
|Say Mercy||4298 Fraser St|
|Soho||1283 Hamilton St|
|Steamworks||375 Water St|
|Street Kitchen||1950 Triumph St|
|TC Lions Pub||888 W Cordova St|
|The Cannibal Cafe||1818 Commercial Dr|
|The Charlatan||1447 Commercial Dr|
|The Distillery Bar||1131 Mainland St|
|The Five Point||3124 Main St|
|The Union Kitchen and Bar||219 Union St|
|Their There||2042 West 4th Ave|
|Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana||1190 Victoria Dr|