Back to Basics: Difference between Awning, Canopy and Marquee

Posted on April, 27 2016

All too often, we are asked what the difference is between an Awning, Canopy and Marquee. For the benefit of all, below is a brief description identifying each of the categories:


  • Awning, canopy, & marquee are all terms defined in the Building Code.  NOTE: owners, architects, etc. frequently confuse the terms & call everything a ‘canopy’
  • Regulations governing awnings, canopies, & marquees are found both in the Building Code & Zoning Resolution

Awning, Canopy & Marquee