Town of Canmore

Temporary Patios on Private Property

The Town of Canmore has expedited food and beverage businesses’ ability to adapt to new public health guidelines and restrictions by making it faster and easier to gain approval for a temporary patio. Temporary outdoor patios for Eating and Drinking Establishments on private property are now exempt from requiring a development permit under Section of the Land Use Bylaw from April 13 to Oct. 15, 2021. In lieu of a permit, the Town will provide a letter of authorization for an outdoor patio upon receipt of a private property patio application.

Patios on Private Property must adhere to Alberta Health Directives, AGLC conditions, and may require additional insurance coverage. Click here for guidelines on what AHS deems an appropriate patio.

Please note, to install a tent or canopy over the patio you will need a Building Permit. Click here for more information on applying for a Building Permit

If funding assistance is needed for your patio setup, consider applying for the COVID-19 Safe Spaces Grant Stream 2.

Click to apply for the Private Property Patio letter of authorization.

Program Details

Eligible Businesses

·         Must hold a valid Town of Canmore Business License, and be based in Canmore

·         Must be an Eating and/or Drinking Establishment

What to include in the permit application?

1.      Name, contact information, physical location/street address of business

2.      Proof of valid business license

3.      Location of the proposed patio

4.      If the patio is in a parking lot, the number of stalls and/or areas to be occupied. If the patio is not in a parking lot, square footage of the area to be occupied. Please note that temporary patios cannot occupy parking spaces designated as accessible or block emergency access routes

5.      Rough sketch showing placement of patio and access point(s)

6.      Letter of consent and concurrence with items 3 through 5 above from the owner of the property, and the Condo Board where applicable

Application Process
1.    Any requirements for business insurance, liquor licensing, adherence to AHS requirements, or any other relevant legislation and requirements are the sole responsibility of the businesses.

2.    Liquor can only be served in a clearly delineated patio area where appropriate licensing and insurance has been verified. Please consult with your insurance and AGLC on any expansions to your liquor service areas.

3.    Private property patio’s must be appropriately delineated physically. Post and rope, railing, temporary canopies, and planters are all acceptable options. 


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 Wesley 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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