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Temporary outdoor businesses

A temporary use by-law to permit outdoor retail sales and display and outdoor recreational and entertainment establishments was passed by Council on December 9, 2020. This initiative allows certain businesses and charitable ventures to operate outdoors in a safe and responsible manner until December 31, 2021.

Applicable City by-laws such as the Noise Control By-law and Property Standards By-law will still be enforced.

Temporary outdoor businesses must follow Ontario’s COVID-19 restrictions and the Region of Peel’s public health measures.

What zones are eligible

Outdoor recreational and entertainment establishments are being considered in the following zones:

  • C2 – Neighbourhood Commercial
  • C3 – General Commercial
  • C4 – Mainstreet Commercial
  • E1 – Employment in Nodes
  • E2 – Employment
  • OS1 – Open Space – Community Park
  • OS2 – Open Space – City Park
  • PB1-6 – Parkway Belt
  • H-CC1, CC1 – Downtown Core – Core Commercial
  • H-CC2, CC2 – Downtown Core – Mixed Use
  • H-CC3, CC3 – Downtown Core – Mixed Use Transition Area
  • H-CC4, CC4 – Downtown Core – Mixed Use
  • H-CCO, CCO – Downtown Core – Office
  • H-CCOS, CCOS – Downtown Core – Open Space

Find your property’s zoning

Outdoor retail sales and display are being considered in the following zones:

  • C1 – Convenience Commercial
  • C2 – Neighbourhood Commercial
  • C3 – General Commercial
  • C4 – Mainstreet Commercial
  • OS1 – Open Space – Community Park
  • OS2 – Open Space – City Park
  • PB1-6 – Parkway Belt
  • H-CC1, CC1 – Downtown Core – Core Commercial
  • H-CC2, CC2 – Downtown Core – Mixed Use
  • H-CC3, CC3 – Downtown Core – Mixed Use Transition Area
  • H-CC4, CC4 – Downtown Core – Mixed Use
  • H-CCO, CCO – Downtown Core – Office
  • H-CCOS, CCOS – Downtown Core – Open Space

Find your property’s zoning

What businesses or events are eligible

Outdoor recreational establishments, entertainment establishments, or retail sales and displays that meet the definitions below would be eligible to operate outdoors under this By-law.

  • Outdoor recreational establishment is an outdoor area that is designed and equipped to be used for athletic and leisure activities
  • An outdoor entertainment establishment is an outdoor area that is designed and equipped to be used for the provision of entertainment or amusement without the necessity of active participation by the user
  • Outdoor retail sales and display is an outdoor area in which goods are offered for sale.

Do you need a permit

You will need a permit to use the parking lot of a community facility such as a community centre, park, arena, cultural facility or library.

An encroachment permit will be required to allow operation on the municipal right-of-way, but only on a sidewalk. All temporary outdoor retail sales and display and outdoor recreational and entertainment establishments must adhere to requirements.

How to apply

To apply for a permit to use a community facility, contact the Customer Service Centre at 905-615-4100 and press 2 for facility bookings.

To apply for an encroachment permit to use a municipal sidewalk, email temporary.outdoorbusinesses@mississauga.ca. Your application must include the four documents listed in the application checklist below.

Application checklist

Your application must include:

1. A completed Temporary Patio Permit Application form

2. A completed Certificate of Insurance – Standard Liability form

  • The Owner/Occupancy must contain a general liability policy of at least $5 million as well as property insurance coverage in amounts required to adequately cover the owner’s property, equipment and other such property in the care, custody and control of the city
  • The policy shall contain a waiver of rights of subrogation against the City and will ensure the City is added as an additional insured party under said policies to insure the City to the same extent as the Owner/Occupant
  • The Owner/Occupant shall deliver to the City, an executed City of Mississauga certificate of insurance. The form must be completed by your insurance company and include an original stamp and signature. The liability insurance coverage must extend for the entire duration of the application period (date of application to December 31, 2020). The complete insurance form can be scanned and submitted to the City via email as part of the application submission package.

3. A signed Acknowledgement and Authorization form

  • If the Applicant does not own the property that will benefit from the outdoor business, the Applicant must enclose an affidavit signed by the registered property owner attesting to the fact that the applicant is authorized to represent the property owner.

4. A sketch of the temporary patio encroachment, including:

  • The property address and the appropriate dimensions as described in the requirements
  • The distance from the edges of the proposed outdoor business area to the nearest above-ground obstruction such as, the curb line, fire hydrants, street lighting, traffic signal and other utility poles, sign posts, parking meters, trees, bus stop, etc.
  • The distance from the edge of the outdoor business area to the property line of adjacent tenant spaces
  • If proposed, sketch of the location of tent(s) including measurements

Fees

Council has decided to waive any fees associated with having temporary outdoor retail sales and display and temporary outdoor recreational and entertainment establishments, with the exception of Community facilities fees.

You don’t need a permit on private lands. However, establishments should get permission from the property owner or property manager before investing in time and material to operate safely and responsibly outdoors.

All temporary outdoor retail sales and display and outdoor recreational and entertainment establishments must adhere to requirements.

Fees

Council has decided to waive any fees associated with having temporary outdoor retail sales and display and temporary outdoor recreational and entertainment establishments, with the exception of Community facilities fees.

Contact us

If you need more information or have a question about temporary outdoor businesses, email temporary.outdoorbusinesses@mississauga.ca.