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City of Cambridge Temporary New/Extension Patio Application

In Effect to October 31st 2021

This application form operates in conjunction with the City of Cambridge Sidewalk Patio Guidelines. Please consult the Sidewalk Patio Guidelines for more detailed information on standards for sidewalk patios.

Patio Application Information


The Applicant is

Patio Information


Do you have a valid Business License
Do you have a valid Liquor License (if applicable)

Liquor License not required to be submitted with application, but must be available upon request.

Patio Design Information

A patio plan is required showing the location of the proposed new or extended patio. Please provide a sketch or pdf drawing of your proposed patio layout including the following information and dimensions.

  • Location of the patio (Site Plan).
  • Location of all patio access points.
  • Width of patio access points.
  • Building information including building entrance (door location), Siamese connections and exits from building, if applicable.

* All dimensions are to be metric


Allowed extensions pdf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, jpg, jpeg, gif, png, tif

Temporary Private Patio Guidelines

  • All temporary patios must be setback a minimum of 7.5 metres from a residential zone.
  • No more than 25% of required parking can be impacted on any given site by Temporary Patios.
  • Fire routes must not be obscured by a temporary patio.
  • The patio shall not obstruct any fire hydrants or Siamese connection or any fire exits.
  • Temporary patios are not to be located within a driveway or roadway daylight corner.
  • If located in a parking area, the patio limits should not be located directly adjacent to an active parking stall. Where possible, a buffer of 1 full or 1 half parking space should be provided.
  • If located in a parking area, the patio shall not cover any barrier free parking spaces, unless said parking spaces are planned to be replaced in an alternate, suitable location.
  • Where located adjacent to the restaurant, the patio must maintain a minimum 1.8 metre wide unobstructed pathway from the door to the sidewalk or parking area.
  • Where located away from the restaurant (such as in a parking area) the patio must maintain a minimum 1.8 metre entrance into the patio.
  • Tables and chairs must be located in a manner that achieves physical distancing as recommended by Waterloo Region Public Health.

Application Conditions and Declaration

Sidewalk Patio Application Conditions:

  1. The Sidewalk Patio application must be in the name of the person or persons representing the patio business.
  2. The Sidewalk Patio Applicant is responsible for the cost to install, maintain and to remove the patio area.
  3. All patios shall be regulated on a seasonable basis during the period commencing March 15th to October 31st
  4. The Sidewalk Patio Applicant is responsible to maintain the patio area in original site condition and will be required to remove all furniture and equipment following the patio season deadline.
  5. The Sidewalk Patio Applicant is responsible to maintain the patio layout in accordance with the approved patio plan.
  6. The Sidewalk Patio Applicant must provide an insurance certificate showing proof of liability insurance and naming “The Corporation of the City of Cambridge” and “The Regional Municipality of Waterloo” as additional insured as outlined under Insurance Requirements.
  7. The Sidewalk Patio is subject to all applicable legislation such as The Liquor Control Act, The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, The Ontario Fire Code, The Ontario Building Code Act, Region of Waterloo Public Health and The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It is the permit holder responsibility to ensure compliance with all applicable legislation
  8. The Sidewalk Patio area shall be subject to inspection by the City of Cambridge and/or any regulatory agency noted in #7 above. The City of City of Cambridge has the ability to warn, relocate and remove the patio fencing and furniture or revoke the permit.
  9. The owner and occupant will indemnify and save harmless the City of Cambridge and Region of Waterloo from all claims, actions, costs (including legal costs on a solicitor-client basis), demands and liabilities with respect to any personal injury, death or property damage done or sustained by anyone with respect to the said lands of the City of Cambridge and Region of Waterloo.

Personal information in relation to this process is collected under the authority outlined in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  This information will be used only for the purpose for which it is intended.  If you have any questions regarding this collection of personal information, you can contact the Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator, who can be reached through the Clerk’s Office at (519) 740-4680. Ext 4583.