Outdoor Patios

Outdoor patios are a great way for businesses to expand their offerings and also create a lively people-friendly community.  Business owners proposing to construct a patio on public lands are required to submit a Sidewalk Lease Agreement Application. This application must be submitted with the documentation outlined on the Patio Application Check List and proof of insurance. The application will be reviewed by staff for compliance with outdoor patio regulations prior to approval.

Council of the Corporation of the Town of Smiths Falls has waived the applicable fee for patio agreements for the duration of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sidewalk lease agreements are not required for outdoor patios with an area of 90 m2 (969 s.f) that are proposed on private property, however the patios are still subject to the design requirements outlined in Section 4 of the By-law.  Applicants are asked to forward a sketch of the proposed patio meeting the patio design standards to the Senior Planner for review and to determine no other permissions or approvals are required before erection of the subject patio.   

By-law No. 8583-2013 – By-law to Regulate Outdoor Patios

Application – Sidewalk Lease Agreement

Checklist – Outdoor Patio Application

Example – Outdoor Patio & Sidewalk Lease Agreement

For Building Department inquiries, please contact the Building Department:

Email: (for general inquiries) OR (for inspection notices, permit/inspection info or project guideline requests)
Phone: 613-283-4124 ext. 1132

To apply for permits/licenses, pay fees, pick up permits when ready or request project guidelines you may also visit Town Hall central reception.

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