The City of Thunder Bay is assisting restaurants and retailers with creative ways to establish outdoor patios during 2022 and is waiving all related municipal fees, waiving certain zoning enforcement and expediting the process. All temporary patios must comply with the public health and safety directions, including any COVID-19 related public health requirements and all applicable Provincial Orders. 

City Staff are available to help and can be reached at 625-2527.

Please Note: This temporary patio process is currently in effect for the 2022 patio season only, ending Oct. 15, 2022. The deadline to apply for a patio within a City street (parking lane) is April 30, 2022.  Businesses without the required equipment to create their own patio, such as traffic barriers and picnic tables, may be able to loan them from the City, pending availability.


Interested parties are invited to submit one of the following:

Temporary patios located on private land:

Temporary patios located on city land:

To apply to loan City patio equipment, submit the application below:

Street closure proposals

Street clsoure applications are to be submitted by the local Business Improvement Area or Business Association organizations only.  Please contact 807-625-2527 for more information.

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