City Offers Rapid Response to Applications for New Restaurant Patios

Jun 12, 2020

The City of Greater Sudbury is offering a streamlined application process to local businesses with plans for new or expanded restaurant patios now permitted under Stage 2 of the provincial COVID-19 restart plan.

Business owners who have determined that an outdoor patio will generate positive returns are encouraged to email for assistance or to visit for information.

“It’s heartening to see the sacrifices we have made to slow the spread of COVID-19 are finally beginning to pay off,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “I urge residents to support our local restaurants and businesses during this gradual restart to normal activities. I would also ask that you be patient. Business owners are working very hard to adjust their operations to comply with requirements for public health. As customers, it’s important that we respect these efforts to safeguard our community.”

The City has assembled a review team of municipal and external agencies, including Public Health Sudbury & Districts and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, to provide rapid response to applicants.

To assist with economy recovery, the City has waived the $1.50 per square metre monthly permit fee associated with the set-up of outdoor dining spaces on public properties.

Restaurants that have traditionally opened existing built-in patios were able to do effective Friday, June 12 without additional approvals from the City. Businesses must follow Public Health requirements for both staff and clients to operate a COVID-safe establishment, including physical distancing, cleaning and disinfection protocols.

The City of Greater Sudbury offers assistance to all businesses through its dedicated Business Support Hotline at 705-690-9937. A comprehensive listing of business resources for economic support and recovery is available at