The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has a streamlined review and approval process for temporary patio extensions to support existing food and beverage establishments.
Approved temporary patios will support businesses to meet orders of the Provincial Health Officer related to COVID-19 that affect existing capacities. Temporary patios will be allowed to operate until October 31, 2020.
The municipality will consider applications for temporary patios on private lands and public lands.
If you propose to serve liquor, municipal approval is required prior to provincial approval for all individual requests for liquor primary and manufacturer expansions. The Province is not requiring food primary establishments to obtain prior municipal approval, but the Province does require all applicants to affirm through an online disclosure that they have met all local government requirements including applicable bylaws and necessary approvals. As such, food primary establishments are required to submit an application for a temporary patio. The municipal liquor licencing has been integrated with the temporary patio application and separate liquor licence application to the municipality is not required for temporary patios.
Submissions will be batch processed on a weekly basis. Estimated processing time is 7-10 business days.
Municipal approval or refusal will be provided in writing to the applicant via the email address provided on the application form.
The applicant must prepare and provide all required information at the applicant’s expense.
Any permanent patios must go through the regular municipal development permit approval process.
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