Temporary patios to continue through provincial extension in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

July 22, 2021

With the province starting to re-open, and the indoor dining restrictions lifted, it is uncertain what the future for the temporary patios would look like.

In March 2020, the province announced that restaurants, breweries and wineries in B.C. would be able to apply to temporarily extend their restaurant spaces to patios to help with the losses due to pandemic-related closures. The province set an expiry date of Oct. 31, 2021 and has now extended it to June 2022, said Anne Berry, the city of Pitt Meadows’ planning director.

Berry said the city had only a handful of temporary patios, but if they apply for the provincial extension, the city will definitely consider it. The city has so far issued only four temporary patio permits. According to Berry, the city will look at the extension application on a case-by-case basis, but no decisions have been made about making these temporary structures permanent after the provincial extension runs out.

Source: Maple Ridge News