Brantford City Council Extends Temporary Patio Allowances

City Hall

BRANTFORD, ON – At their Council meeting held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Brantford City Council unanimously approved a staff report recommending the extension of a Temporary Patio Allowance for private and public outdoor patios to help local businesses meet the criteria to provide services safely in a manner that is consistent with capacity limits and restrictions as outlined in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

“The extension of these temporary allowances enables restaurants and other commercial or retail uses in the city the opportunity to apply for a temporary outdoor patio extension from now until such a time that capacity restrictions due to COVID-19 are no longer in place,” says Mayor Kevin Davis. “The City and Council recognize the importance of continuing to support our local restaurants and business owners during what continues to be a very difficult time for many service providers in our community.”

“Given the success of this program last summer, it is our hope that the Temporary Patio Allowance will continue to assist in economic recovery for local businesses while adhering to and maintaining physical distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic”, says Joe Muto, Manager of Development Planning at the City of Brantford. City Council also approved a Temporary Use By-law that eases parking requirements for outdoor patios associated with restaurants and other businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All applicants will be required to adhere to guidelines as set by the Brant County Health UnitAlcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

To learn more about guidelines and how to apply for the Temporary Patio Allowance, please visit Businesses can also contact the City of Brantford at 519-759-4150 or by email to with any questions. 

The City of Brantford strongly encourages businesses and residents to continue to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community by practising physical distancing, not gathering with individuals outside your household, washing your hands often and wearing a cloth mask when physical distancing is a challenge.

For more information about City service updates and the City’s ongoing response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, please visit 


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Maria Visocchi Director, Communications and Community Engagement
City of Brantford | Office: 519.759.4150 Ext. 5754 |


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