Sidewalk Cafe Application Process

You must follow the process outlined below in order to complete your sidewalk café application:

Step 1:

  • Each applicant must submit their complete Sidewalk Cafe Application Package or Parklet/Curbside Cafe Application Package to the Engineering Department for review. Please note: All items within the package must be completed in order for the application to be processed.

Step 2:

  • Engineering will circulate the application package for review to the following:

    • Planning, Parks, Police Operations, Licensing Department, and Enforcement Departments, Ward Councilors, the Windsor Accessibility Advisory Committee, and Business Improvement Areas (BIA) pursuant to Council Resolution 1063/2004 adopted on November 29, 2004.

Step 3:

  • Once the application has undergone review within each of the service areas, comments and concerns are collected for the department. If there is no opposition or concern by any of the circulated parties, a permit will be issued. If there is opposition or concern, the applicant will be notified and may choose to proceed to City Council for further review.

Step 4 (if there is no opposition in Step 3, proceed to Step 5):

  • The CAO or City Council will review the report of each application, at which time they will decide if the application will be approved or denied. If the application is approved, it will continue through the standard process as stated below. If the application is rejected, a notification will be sent to the applicant and no permit will be issued.

Step 5:

  • If required, the Technologists will contact the applicant to request any clarification or additional documents prior to approving the permit for issuance.

Step 6:

  • 2024 Update - All fees associated with obtaining a Sidewalk, Parklet or Curbside Cafe permit have been waived this year; therefore, fees will not be collected prior to permit issuance. The permit clerks will email the applicant their approved permit.

Engineering Department
Right-of-Way Division
350 City Hall Square West, 2nd Floor
Windsor, Ontario
N9A 6S1

Phone: For general information, call 311. For detailed inquires, call (519) 255-6257.