Apply for a roaming food vending permit

The roaming food vending permit allows food and non-alcoholic drinks to be sold on City property from a vending unit that may change locations.

You will need one permit for each vending unit you operate.

2017 Fees

Fee Cost
Motorised unit permit fee (food trucks) $310.35 + 15.52 GST
Non-motorised unit permit fee (bikes or push carts) $155.77 + 7.79 GST

Qualifications

We welcome your application if you:

  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Have valid liability and vehicle insurance
  • Have a current City of Vancouver business licence
  • Complete a criminal record search for each vending unit operator
  • Have a valid health permit

Insurance requirements

As a condition of being granted a vending permit, you must show “Proof of Liability Insurance” coverage which meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Inclusive limit of $2,000,000 P.L. and P.D. (Public Liability & Property Damage)
  • Cross Liability Clause
  • City of Vancouver named as an insured

Download our Liability Insurance Certificate  (175 KB), forward it to your insurance company to complete, and upload it during your application.

A permit will not be granted until proof of insurance has been received.

How to apply

Each vending unit needs a roaming food vending permit. Applications can be made online. Please contact permits@vancouver.ca to create an online account and have the following ready for your online application:

  1. Completed details form (download available when applying)
  2. Valid liability insurance
  3. Copy of your current business licence
  4. Copy of health permit for your vending unit
  5. Copy of motor vehicle insurance
  6. Criminal record search for each vending operator
  7. Permit fees

Rules and requirements

Times and locations where vending is not allowed

Vending is not permitted within:

  • The nighttime hours noted on your permit
  • Downtown, on streets west of Main Street and north of False Creek
  • One block of grade schools on school days from 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Park boundaries (including parking lots), beaches, school grounds, or private properties
  • 100 m of park concession stands

Vending near restaurants

Roaming food vendors must stay 100 m away from restaurants that sell a similar food product, concept, or theme.

Example: A roaming food vendor is parked less than 100 m from a juice business.

  • Not allowed: The roaming vendor sells only juice. This food concept or theme is too similar to the juice business.
  • Allowed: The roaming vendor sells breakfast items including juice. The juice menu item is the only similarity to the juice business.

Vending permits

Permits:

  • Must be displayed to the public at all times
  • May not be sold
  • Remain the property of the City of Vancouver
  • Must be given immediately, upon request, to any City of Vancouver official or Vancouver Police Department member

Roaming vending units

Vending units must:

Trailer vending units must remain attached to a motorised vehicle at all times.

Sound systems in vending units

Sound systems must be:

  • Played no louder than 65dBA when measured at 15 m directly in front of the vending unit
  • Set so the operator of the vending unit cannot adjust the volume above the limit
  • Shut off when the vehicle is stopped

Failure to comply with the requirements listed above may result in one or more of the following:

  • Confiscation of goods
  • Suspension of the permit
  • Cancellation of the permit

Renewing your permit

Permit renewals can be done online. Check your existing online account, or contact permits@vancouver.ca for more information.

To renew an existing roaming food vending permit for the next year, you will need the following:

  1. Valid liability insurance
  2. Copy of your current business licence
  3. Copy of your health permit for your vending unit
  4. Copy of your motor vehicle insurance
  5. Criminal record search for each vending unit operator
  6. Permit fees

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Vancouver, BC V5Z 0B4

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Mailing address
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320 - 507 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 0B4

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