Temporary patios, commercial space

The Town of Okotoks is extending the temporary patio permits until May 1, 2021. The program provides increased flexibility for businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19 by allowing for temporary patios and retail spaces in existing parking spaces and/or on certain public property such as sidewalks provided that mobility connectivity through these areas is maintained.

Businesses interested in setting up a temporary patio only need to complete the following steps:

      Five steps to your temporary patio
      Step 1

      Review the Town of Okotoks Temporary Outdoor Patio & Retail Space Guidelines to ensure that your design will comply with all of the requirements. If you are a commercial tenant, it is your responsibility to ensure that the landowner consents to your proposal. If there are other businesses adjacent to you or on the same property that could be affected by your proposal, make sure they are aware of it.

      Step 2

      Using an aerial print out or copy of a plan you already have, you can draw the proposed boundaries of the patio or retail space on the plan (doesn’t have to be fancy – a square with a marker showing the area on an aerial photo is sufficient).

      Keep in mind all of the guidelines, but most importantly:

      • Maintain pedestrian and vehicular flow
      • Ensure that you are not occupying any barrier-free parking spaces designated for persons with disabilities
      • Avoid landscaped areas
      • Ensure impacts are mitigated to adjacent businesses and plans are maintained in front of your business only
      Step 3

      Review the Declaration Form, ensure your proposal complies with the Guidelines once again and submit it. In addition to the declaration form, submit the site plan you prepared in Step 2.

      If you are proposing to use any public property, including sidewalks, public parking areas, park areas, or Town-owned parcels of land, you must also obtain insurance and provide a copy of your insurance certificate to the Town to keep on file.

      The Town will review and provide a confirmation that the insurance information is sufficient back to you.  Once you have this confirmation, you can proceed with creating your patio space.

      Submit Forms

      Step 4

      Start creating your space! Utilize planters and other fun elements to create a temporary space that attracts customers while respecting adjacent businesses and follows Town guidelines!

      Step 5

      Once your patio space is completed, contact Okotoks Fire at 403-995-6319 to set up an inspection to determine the maximum occupant load for your patio. You must do this before you begin using the space.

      If you want to add a liquor License

      Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission requires that you apply for a separate liquor license for the outdoor patio and include the following information: 

      • A copy of your site plan indicating how you are separating it from the public (i.e. planters, fencing etc)
      • Occupant capacity card provided by Fire
      • Proof of approval from the Town