Sidewalk retail

You can license the use of sidewalk property owned by the City of Vancouver for retail and entertainment purposes. Visit the pages listed below to read more about these opportunities.

Retail opportunities for city sidewalk use

Street food vending permits

Permit, application and general information for street food vendors and food cart operators.

Roaming food vending

If you want to sell food on city property using a vending unit that you move from location to location, you need a roaming food vending permit.

Street vending (non-food)

Permit, application and general information for non-food street vendors.

Mobile street vending at special events

A mobile special event vending permit lets you to sell goods within two blocks of the boundary of a City-recognized special event that is already at capacity with other vendors. Permits are sold by the day.

Sidewalk patio with liquor service ("large patio") permit

This permit allows businesses to have sidewalk seating and serve liquor to those guests. Read the requirements, view the bylaw, download the application.

Sidewalk patio without liquor service ("small patio") permit

This permit allows businesses to have sidewalk patios but not to serve liquor there. Read the requirements, view the bylaw, and download the application.

Merchandise display permit

This permit allows businesses to display merchandise for sale in display units on the sidewalk in front of their business. Read the requirements, view the bylaw, request an application.

Banners and flags

Find out how to apply to have street banners and flags installed advertising your non-profit group, charitable organization or special event in Vancouver.

Busking and entertainment

Street entertainment, or busking, is a popular form of public entertainment in Vancouver. Find out what is required to busk in Vancouver streets and parks.

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Visit the Development and Building Services Centre at 515 W 10th Ave for:

  • Development and building enquiries 
  • Pre-booked appointments with planners
  • Trade, tree, and sign permits
  • Minor alteration permits
  • Tenant improvement program permits
  • Property research and building plan copies
  • Commercial parking permits 
  • Courier drop-offs
  • New business licences  

Hours
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday and Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

licenceoffice@vancouver.ca

Building permits

Building and renovating permits are in the Home, Property, and Development section.

Looking for a permit for your building or renovating project?

Go to the Home, Property, and Development section of the website.

Building and renovating permits

Last modified: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:54:24

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