Later patio hours make for more vibrant evenings

April 4, 2014 | Arts and Culture

Residents and visitors to Vancouver restaurants will have an extra hour to enjoy warm weather nights on an outdoor patio this upcoming season.

Establishments with good track records will once again be able to invite their patrons to enjoy Vancouver’s fresh air later into the evening. Expanding from its 2013 pilot program, the City has already approved 53 locations for extended patio hours starting now, through summer 2014.

“Patios are a big draw for residents and tourists alike, and help build a lively, vibrant street scape,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With patio season upon us, I know many Vancouverites will enjoy the extra hour to socialize outdoors later into the night.”

This year, longer patio hours will run from April to October. Small and large patios can remain open until midnight (extended from 11pm). Currently, 316 large patios and 277 small patios are eligible for the one hour extension. Interested businesses can apply online. Businesses are asked to have up-to-date insurance, fees paid in full, and no noise complaints on file in the last 12 months.

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