Restaurant, café and pub operators must have an existing liquor licence in order to provide liquor service in the expanded outdoor area. The expanded area must comply with all Provincial liquor laws.
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For expansions on private property – If you have a valid City of Coquitlam business licence, a valid Provincial Liquor License Amendment (for those businesses serving alcohol) and have unobstructed space on private property adjacent to your business, you will likely qualify for the program. Staff will review your submission and if acceptable, will grant you a temporary permit for the outdoor expansion area.
For expansion on public property – If you have a valid City of Coquitlam business licence, and have a space fronting your business that meets the established guideline for this program, you will likely qualify.
This program also applies to retail businesses wishing to increase their sales footprint outside their store.
Businesses may apply to use this temporary outdoor space for:
For expansions on private property or simple installations on public property (such as tables and chairs that can be removed at the end of every business day), if the application is complete and is supported by the necessary agency ,owner approval, and proof of insurance (for public patio) you will be granted a temporary permit within two business days. More complex installations on public property, may require up to one week to review and City staff will contact the applicant, as required, to discuss the steps necessary to receive a permit.
The City of Coquitlam Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion Program is designed to coincide with the provincial program regulated by the BC Cannabis and Liquor Distribution Branch. The program has been extended to October 31, 2021. While no end date has been set, the City is prepared to adapt to changes or extensions to this program.
No additional insurance requirements are needed for private spaces.
For use of sidewalk or curbside, the City will require proof of insurance. Details on insurance requirements can be found in the council adopted policy and in the application forms.