Al Fresco in the Hills


Al Fresco in the Hills: Outdoor Dining Program

A Town of Halton Hills initiative, in collaboration with the Economic Support and Recovery Task Force

To support restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments, the Town has launched the 'Al Fresco in the Hills' initiative. It will provide opportunities for additional dining space to help reduce revenue losses caused by necessary compliance with COVID-19 regulations. Al Fresco in the Hills was a two-phased approach to allow time for restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments to adjust their pre-COVID-19 operations. 

Now Accepting 2021 Applications!


***Province of Ontario Announces Shutdown Effective April 3, 2021***

The Ontario Government has announced a 4-week Provincewide Shutdown effective April 3, 2021. Among other things, the shutdown puts in place measures that include business closures in higher risk sectors (for example, fitness activities, personal care service establishments, indoor and outdoor dining). Information on businesses that can open and relevant restrictions is available here. For ongoing updates, subscribe to the Town’s COVID-19 webpage:

Applications continue to be accepted and reviewed.  However, per the current Provincial shutdown, all indoor and outdoor dining is prohibited. Take-out, drive-through and delivery continues to be permitted. For additional sector-specific information and guidance, please visit Halton Region's COVID-19 webpage


Temporary Patio Program

Private and Public Patios Program 

The 2021 Temporary Patio Program is now open! Subject to the application process and temporary patio proposal review and approval, eligible restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments will be permitted to set-up temporary patios on their private property or in a public parking space or sidewalk in front of or beside their existing business. Approvals issued  are non-renewable and will expire on January 1, 2022.

Guidelines: Temporary Patio Guidelines

Tents: Appendix 1 - Tents General Notes


Apply Now

If you are interested in operating a Temporary Patio, please email the Deputy Clerk of Halton Hills, Valerie Petryniak Complete submission requirements will be confirmed upon contacting the Deputy Clerk. 

Reminder of Indoor and Outdoor Dining Guidelines and Regulations
Posted: February 12, 2020 

The Town of Halton Hills is entered into Red Level (Control) of the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework on February 16, 2021. Per Ontario Regulation 263/20, to ensure public safety, restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments located in Halton Hills are reminded to follow all applicable requirements, including:

  • Maximum indoor patrons: the lesser of approximately 50% of indoor dining area or 50 people
  • Maximum of 4 patrons per table
  • Any tent installed is considered 'outdoor dining' and does not add any indoor capacity
  • *Any proposed tent must: have at least two full sides of the tent open to the outdoors; comply with applicable provisions of the Ontario Building Code and Ontario Fire Code; comply with applicable Zoning; and, not have heaters located inside of the tent or under any canopy.
  • Dining domes must have two sides or 50% of the enclosure open and a maximum of 4 patrons per dome
  • Dining domes with an area of less than 10m2 do not require a building permit

*Please contact the Town of Halton Hills Building Division for more information on the Building Code requirements for tents (including building permits, clearance to other buildings or structures, design of tent supporting system, etc.)

For inquiries on heaters, please contact the Town of Halton Hills Fire Department at 905-877-1133.
Details on the Provincial COVID-19 Control Level – Red are available at: COVID-19 Response Framework.


Additional Resources

Halton Region has created a patron list template and an entrance poster template for the convenient use of businesses. The patron list template can be accessed here and the entrance poster template can be accessed here

For additional guidance, please visit Halton Region's COVID-19 Information and Guidance webpage

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