BC Lends Support to Temporary Patios Going Permanent

Last updated: June 16, 2021

More than 2,000 temporary patios authorized to serve liquor during the COVID-19 pandemic can apply to become permanent under amended provincial liquor regulations, including prospective patios that are supported by local governments and meet local bylaws.

Throughout the pandemic, temporary expanded service areas (TESAs) have allowed thousands of restaurants and pubs to serve more patrons while complying with health orders, particularly those related to physical distancing and indoor dining.

To ensure existing and prospective TESAs can operate without interruption as they transition toward becoming a permanent part of BC’s hospitality landscape, the Province is:

  • Extending the authorization of existing TESAs for an additional seven months, through to June 1, 2022.
  • Continuing to accept applications for new TESAs up to Oct. 31, 2021.

The changes will give businesses time to apply to make their current TESA authorizations permanent, and prevent the risk of disrupting TESA use during the application process.

As well, the changes provide local governments and Indigenous Nations more time to review eligible applications for permanent structural changes before TESA authorizations expire and to consider the implications of permanent approval for their communities.

See the BC Government press release for full details.