The City of Thunder Bay is once again extending its city patio program during 2024 allowing businesses to extend dining areas outdoors on City sidewalks, within parking lanes and privately owned parking lots.

If you are a business owner looking to establish a temporary patio space, or to extend your “by-the glass” liquor licence outdoors (either as an event or seasonal patio), the following information and application forms will guide you through the process.  

City Staff are available to help. Please contact Lisa Zawadzki by email or at 807-625-2527, or Julianna Maki by email or at 807-625-2991.

Effective on January 1, 2023 as directed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO):

  • Most liquor sales licensees and manufacturers that hold a by-the-glass endorsement who want to extend their existing liquor licence for the purpose of operating a temporary patio will need municipal approval
  • Upon obtaining an approval from a municipality, you are required to then notify the AGCO by making a submission on the iAGCO portal before selling or serving liquor on your temporary patio (see Notifying the AGCO of an Approved Temporary Patio)


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