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Street food stationary vending permits

We use a scoring system to award new permits to street food stationary vendors.

If locations are available for the current year, we accept applications in February that are due at the end of the month. Top-scoring applicants are awarded new street food permits that are issued on May 1 every year, and lottery winners are awarded new non-food street permits that are issued on May 1 every year.

If there are no locations vacated or available, applications will not be accepted until the following year.

Street food vendors can also sell street food:

  • In other parts of Vancouver with a roaming street food vending permit
  • At events, markets, or festivals by contacting the event organizer

Contact Street Activities

Location
5th Floor
507 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 0B4

Hours
Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm

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

street.activities@
vancouver.ca

No 2017 permits available

While we aren't accepting new stationary food vending permit applications in 2017, you can still apply for a roaming food vending permit.

Learn more and apply

Check back in early February 2018 for an update on available permits.

Important dates

Date What happens
January 31, 2017 Last day for renewing vendors to pay their deposit fee.
April 28, 2017, noon Last day for renewing vendors to pay the balance of their permit fee and provide any related documentation.
May 1, 2017 Permits are issued, valid for one year until April 30, 2018.

2017 fees

  Cost
Application fee $52.02
Permit fee (food) $1150.37 + 57.52 GST
Permit fee (non-food) $862.45 + 43.12 GST

Renewing your permit

For existing vendors, to renew your stationary street vending permit for 2017, login to your online account. You will need to:

  • Attach a current City of Vancouver business licence
  • Attach an appropriate liability insurance
  • Pay the permit deposit fee by the end of January and the remainder of the permit fee by end of April
  • Attach a valid Vancouver Coastal Health permit (food permits only)
  • Fill out the vendor agreement document

Pay the permit deposit fee by the end of January and the remainder of the permit fee by end of April.

Rules and requirements

Street food vending permits

Permits:

  • Are valid from May 1 to April 30 of the following year
  • Remain the property of the City of Vancouver
  • Must be displayed to the public at all times
  • Must be given immediately, upon request, to any City of Vancouver official or Vancouver Police Department member
  • Cannot be rented or transferred to the control of another operator

Permit holders

Permit holders need to:

  • Meet the City’s general permit conditions (such as on the menu and the placement of your waste receptacles)
  • Maintain the waste management plan indicated in your permit application and dispose of waste as per your waste management plan in accordance with the Solid Waste By-Law No. 8417  (218 KB)
  • Cooperate with any City of Vancouver official or Vancouver Police Department member
  • Get approval before changing food menus by the Engineering Department and Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Ensure the vending unit is attended to at all times when in operation
  • Ensure that the location is kept free of rubbish and debris generated by the vendor or customers

You must operate your vending unit:

  • As owner operator for at least 90 days in the permit year (May 1 to April 30)
  • Only at the exact location and times specified on the permit
  • During the operating hours displayed on the permit, and remove your vending unit from City streets during non-operating hours

Food trucks, carts, and other street food vending units

Vending units have to:

  • Not relocate for any reason unless absolutely necessary, with approval of the Engineering Department (for example, when there is road or sidewalk construction)
  • Be constructed with the consultation and approval of the Engineering Department and, where appropriate, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Follow all requirements set out in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 96 for ventilation control and fire protection 
  • Maintain high standards of appearance at all times
  • Undergo a health inspection
  • Not make any changes without prior approval
  • Maintain high standards of appearance at all times

Display boards

Only one sign board per vending unit will be permitted.

Signs boards:

  • Are considered to be part of the vending unit and must also be approved
  • Must be placed against the cart at all times

Storing your vending unit (food permits only)

The site location and storage facilities for your vending unit must be approved by Vancouver Coastal Health.

Please refer to Vancouver Coastal Health's guidelines:

The vending unit storage facility, also known as a commissary, must have:

  • A minimum of a painted concrete floor
  • Smooth, easily cleanable and impervious finishes on the walls, ceilings and storage surfaces
  • A design that prevents the entrance and harbourage of rodents or insects
  • A minimum of a two compartment sink with hot and cold running water
  • Mechanical refrigeration for the storage of perishable products
  • Adequate electrical lighting
  • Adequate rubbish disposal

When rules and requirements are not followed

Permit holders and vending unit operators that do not follow City bylaws and permit conditions can have their:

  • Goods confiscated
  • Permit suspended, cancelled, or not renewed

The City is not responsible for the economic viability of any location.

How Council is expanding street food options

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Street food vending

Since 2010, Council has been expanding the options for food permits to include more diverse and nutritious choices, and more accessible locations.