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Information on Temporary Outdoor Patios and Canopy/Tents on Private Property

The province has re-implemented Step 1 Covid 19 restrictions this week, which includes the closure of indoor dining in restaurants. Take-out services and outdoor patio dining will be allowed to remain open. 

The Town of Stony Plain understands the hardships that the pandemic has caused local businesses and supports the opening of outdoor patios where it is safe and feasible to do so. We have put this information package together to assist restaurant owners with developing temporary outdoor patios on private property in a timely manner, while ensuring the safety of the public. 

The Fire Department has developed a quick reference guide and simplified occupant load calculator to assist you with the development and opening of your temporary outdoor patio. These guides are attached for your reference. Please contact the Fire Department directly at (780) 963-3551 if you have any questions. 

Land Use Bylaw 2576/LUO/17 Section 1.3.2. exempts temporary outdoor patios from requiring development permit approval. However, permanent outdoor patios will be subject to a development permit, and building permit applications.

If you wish to open a temporary outdoor patio for the duration of the current public health order, you will need to submit the following information to planning@stonyplain.com:

  • a site plan showing the area (with dimensions) that you would like to utilize as a patio and number/layout of the tables 
  • details indicating how the patio area will be barricaded/protected from vehicular traffic

Keep in mind that drive aisles, fire lanes, loading zones, emergency accesses and sidewalks must remain accessible and unobstructed when planning your temporary outdoor patio. The information will be reviewed by a Development Officer and an inspection will be conducted by the Fire Department. 

If you are considering placing a canopy structure or tent over the temporary outdoor patio, the Alberta Building Code does apply and a building permit application is required. It will be the operator’s responsibility to ensure that this type of structure is in compliance with the current public health orders for indoor/outdoor dining. 

It is the operator’s responsibility to ensure that all Public Health Orders are adhered to, as well as any Federal, Provincial and Municipal regulations that are applicable. 

Please contact Catherine Kozyra if you have any questions or require assistance with a site plan. Catherine can also be reached at (780) 963-8641.

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