The City of Thunder Bay is assisting restaurants and retailers with creative ways to establish outdoor patios during the pandemic 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 2021 patio season only, ending October 15, 2021. 


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

Business Improvement Area and Business Association organizations are invited to submit street closure proposals by contacting Realty Services at or 807-625-2527.

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