Guelph’s Seasonal Patio Program

About the program

The City is opening up applications to allow for the seasonal conversion of outdoor space to patio-use between April 1 and October 31 in accordance with the 2021-2023 Seasonal Patio Guidelines. All seasonal patios must be approved before being installed and comply with the public health and safety directions, including any COVID-19 related public health requirements and all applicable Provincial Orders.

It is the ongoing responsibility of Patio operators to monitor changing legal requirements and updates to these Seasonal Patio Guidelines, particularly but not limited to as they pertain to public health regulations, orders, and guidance from the Provincial Government, the Government of Canada and/or the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Public Health Unit.

As part of the Council-approved seasonal patio program, parts of Macdonell and Wyndham streets will be closed to vehicles every weekend from 9 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday until September 6, including holidays (July 1, August 2, and September 6).


If you have a concern about a patio within the City of Guelph our Bylaw team is here to address those concerns. Call Guelph’s Bylaw Compliance and Enforcement office at 519-837-2529, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit the How Can We Help You page to report problem online.


We are always working to improve visitor experiences to participants in the Seasonal Patio Program and value your feedback. Comments can be sent to [email protected].

Key dates

  • April 1, 2021 – applications open
  • September 30, 2021 – applications close
  • October 31, 2021 – approved patios must be removed

Before you apply

Business owners are responsible for getting all relevant and up-to-date insurance, licences, permits and permissions from the City of Guelph, Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario, and the property owner or landlord prior to patio installation.

Guelph’s Seasonal Patio Program GuidelinesPre-approved Patio Design: 2.75 metre set-upPre-approved Patio Design: 4.3 metre set-upPre-approved Patio Design: 5.0 metre set-upPre-approved Patio Design: 5.5 metre set-up

Apply for a private property patio


Apply for a sidewalk only patio


Apply for an on-street patio – Closed



For more information

City of Guelph Economic Development and Tourism
519-822-1260 extension 2533
[email protected]

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Public property patio applications are open to all business types. Private property patio applications will only be accepted for restaurants, bars and cafes. Patio design and aesthetic must meet the program guidelines.

No, patio operators must receive an approved application by the City indicating when your patio can be installed.

The application process has been streamlined to meet business needs and only one application will be required for the entire three-year program. There will be no annual application required unless patio boundaries change over time. Approval of seasonal patio applications are on a first-come, first-served basis and are dependent on the quality of submissions. City staff are available to help businesses throughout the process.

We are working with Bidmii to provide you with a simple process that allows for contractors who are informed of the project and within the region to provide you with a quote and you select the best option.

All participating businesses must fully comply with any current or future Public Health directives, initiatives and orders.

Businesses planning to use public property for their patios have the option to use a pre-approved patio design to help speed up the application process. Below are the four pre-approved patio designs.

Please reach out to us at [email protected].

All patios must be approved through the application process prior to beginning to operate.