Outdoor Boulevard Café Encroachment Agreements
If you have an outdoor café or patio and it is located entirely or partially on the City of Hamilton’s property you will need an Outdoor Boulevard Café Encroachment Agreement. This agreement is a legal and binding agreement between the City and the business owner whose property abuts municipal property.
It is the property owner’s responsibility to find out the exact location of the property line. To find out where your property line is located, you will need to consult your Plan of Survey. If you do not have a Plan of Survey, you will need to hire a qualified Land Surveyor.
Before you Apply
If the proposed Outdoor Boulevard Café requires a building permit, you need to have a professional engineer, surveyor, planner or architect prepare and submit a Minor Site Plan Application Form and a patio layout to the City for approval.
The Minor Site Plan should show seating layout and capacities and conform with the Zoning By-Law.
Submit in person to:
71 Main Street West, 5th Floor
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y5
Apply for Encroachment Agreement
Once you have received approval for your site plan, or if your Patio does not require a Building Permit.
Include the description of the encroachment and supporting documents such as photos and drawings.
Submit by email to [email protected]