Temporary Use By-law for Temporary Tents
The Temporary Use By-law for Temporary Tents By-law 20-214 allows tents for certain commercial and institutional uses, on a temporary basis, to be erected for longer periods of time to accommodate social distancing.
Established Outdoor Commercial Patios
If your establishment has an approved patio and you are planning to add a temporary tent, please contact the Building Division to confirm building permit application requirements, including Zoning By-law restrictions. Learn more about the building permit process for small businesses
What is Reviewed?
Applications for temporary tents are reviewed for compliance with the Zoning By-Law, Ontario Building Code (where a building permit is required), Ontario Fire Code and other applicable laws. These compliances include:
- Zoning By-law: Proposed location for the temporary tent. Setbacks from residential zones, parking, and driveways, etc.
- Ontario Building Code: Washroom access for patrons, exits, barrier-free accessible requirements (where applicable), occupant load, snow/wind loading, etc.