Town of Canmore

Patio Permits


A permit is required by any business wishing to install a patio on Town of Canmore right of ways or private property.  Use the drop-downs below to determine which permit type is required for the style and location of patio you wish to install. 

Any patio type on private property (i.e. on business premises or business parking lot) 
A Private Property Patio Permit is required.  Please visit our planning department for more information. Some conditions may apply. If you wish to install your patio within the Main Street Pedestrian Zone during the seasonal pedestrianization of Main Street, see below for the application options.
A non-structured patio on public property (i.e. post and cable and/or tables and chairs) 
If you wish to install a non-structured patio in the Main Street Pedestrian zone, a Main Street Pedestrian Zone (MSPZ) permit is required.  Click here for more information and conditions; MSPZ permit conditions and application.
A structured patio on public property (i.e. a solid platform with enclosure)
A structured patio has a solid platform with enclosures around its perimeter and could include a tent, gazebo, or pergola.  Any business seeking to install a structured patio on public property requires an In-Street Patio permit.  Click here for more information. 

Structured patios within the Main Street Pedestrian Zone (MSPZ) do not require an MSPZ Permit but must still comply with the MSPZ conditions.

Pergolas, tents, gazebos; with a partial or full overhead enclosure, and structures exceeding 30 inches in height, also require a building permit. Click here for more information. 

In-Street Patio Permit

Any business wishing to install a structured patio on Town of Canmore property is required to obtain an In-Street Patio Permit. After the application has been reviewed and if approved, an invoice will be issued to the applicant for the In-Street Patio Permit fee and, if applicable, for the License of Occupation.  This process is managed by Economic Development.  Please read on for more information and the application process.

2022 Fees

In-Street Patio Permit Fees

  • Applications received on or before April 24: $102
  • Application received after April 24: $305

License of Occupation: $1,100 

These fees do not include the cost of any additional required permits or licenses (ex. building permit, or AGLC liquor license).


Conditions

Read the In-Street Patio Policy, and if applicable to the location of your patio, the MSPZ conditions


Application Submissions

We accept applications year-round.  Applications will only be granted for the current year.


Application Process

Returning Applicant?
If there are zero changes to your previously approved patio structure and location for which you obtained a permit in 2021, see the return applicant requirements below. 

If there are changes to your patio structure or patio location from your 2021 approved permit, you must complete a new application.  



Return applications must include:

1.       Completed application form, declaring that no changes have been made to structure or location.

2.       Copy of the 2021 License of Occupation for the in-street patio
3.       Proof of insurance with the Town of Canmore listed as an additional insured party, and a minimum of five million in liability
4.       Road Use Permit for the setup and tear-down of the patio. Road Use Permits are free-of-charge. Road Use Permits are not required within the Main Street Pedestrian Zone.
5.       Evidence of the applicant’s consultation with the owner(s) of all adjacent businesses. Email correspondence is accepted.

Submit your application and be ready to attach all supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be processed.



Review Process

Complete application packages will be reviewed by the Town of Canmore in order of receipt, and the applicant will be notified directly of the Town’s decision.  If their application is approved, an invoice will be sent to the applicant for their In-Street Patio Permit fee.




Questions?  Contact Economic Development at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
New Applicant? 
If you are applying for an in-street patio permit for the first time or changes have been made to previously approved structured patio setup, please see the new application requirements below. 



New applications must include:

1.       Completed application form

2.       All required supporting documents; listed below. Read carefully.

Submit your application and be ready to attach all supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be processed.




Review Process

Complete application packages will be reviewed by the Town of Canmore in order of receipt, and the applicant will be notified directly of the Town’s decision. If their application is approved, an invoice will be sent to the applicant for their In-Street Patio Permit fee and for their License of Occupation.




Questions?  Contact Economic Development at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In-Street Patio Application Requirements

New applications must include

1. Completed application form

2. All required supporting documents
1) Current photographs of the existing site or where the patio is proposed
2) Site Plan showing (see sample):
a) Adjacent building façade
b) Property Line
c) Any existing and proposed patios
d) Any sidewalks re-routing
e) Indication of a six (6) inch gap between patio and curb
f) Landscaping details


3) Dimensioned drawings of structure, including
a) Elevations and cross-sections of the patio structure(s)
b) Specifications on how railings or structure will be mounted, supported, or weighted

4) List of proposed materials and colours

5) Road Use Permit for the setup and tear-down of the patio. Road Use Permits are free-of-charge. A Road Use Permit is not required within the Main Street Pedestrian Zone.

6) Proof of insurance with the Town of Canmore listed as an additional insured party, and a minimum of five million in liability

7) Evidence of the applicant’s consultation with the owner(s) of all adjacent businesses. Email correspondence is accepted.

8) See additional requirements below




Additional Requirements

A building permit is required if the structure includes a full or partial overhead enclosure; is a tent, gazebo, pergola; or is higher then 30 inches in height.

For details and to apply, click here.

Building permits may take several weeks to be processed and issued. A patio permit will not be approved until the building permit has been issued and a copy submitted to complete your application package.


Questions? Contact Economic Development at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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