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.

Patio Day 2015

Council recently approved a motion for “Patio Day”, a one-day celebration of local food and culture happening August 3 (BC Day).

During Patio Day, restaurants and businesses will be allowed to place temporary patios on the sidewalk or, if there’s not enough space on the sidewalk, in a parking stall(s) directly in front of their property. Please note that businesses can only submit one application.

How to apply

Don't currently have a patio or have an unlicensed patio?

You can apply for a temporary patio for food and non-alcoholic beverage service.

Complete either a sidewalk application or an on-street application, as applicable, and submit electronically to patioday@vancouver.ca. Be sure to include a sketch of the patio location on your application.

No fees will be charged.

The deadline to submit for an unlicenced temporary patio is July 22, 2015.

Do you currently have a licensed patio?

You can apply for a temporary patio with food and non-alcoholic beverage service, as well as liquor service, if you wish.

Complete either a sidewalk application or an on-street application, as applicable, as well as a provincial Liquor Control and Licensing (LCLB) Temporary Change to a Liquor Licence application. Do not include credit card information on the LCLB form.

Both applications should be submitted electronically together to patioday@vancouver.ca. Be sure to include a sketch of the patio location on your application.

We will be reviewing your application material and, if approved, you will be advised to fax the LCLB temporary change application with credit card information to 250-952-7066.

No City of Vancouver fees will be charged. Provincial application fees will apply ($110 for food-primary applications, and $330 for liquor-primary applications).

The deadline to submit for a licensed temporary patio is July 15, 2015 by 12:00 noon.

Application forms

We will contact you by email prior to July 31, 2015 to advise you whether your application has been approved.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by email at patioday@vancouver.ca or by phone at 604-873-7687.

If you have questions regarding the provincial LCLB temporary change application, please contact Jessica Sharpe at 250-952-7048.

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.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

Outside Vancouver:
604-873-7000

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More ways to contact us

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about business licences

Location
515 W 10th Avenue, at Cambie
Ground floor

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon

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

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

Fax: 604-871-6394

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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