Street and sidewalk use for business and activities
The sidewalks in the central business districts of Vancouver are designed to be wide enough to allow enough room for walking traffic at the same time as local business and entertainment activity.
Some activities require permits. Other activities are allowed, as long as guidelines are followed to keep our streets enjoyable and safe for the public.
Explore streets and sidewalk uses
Musicians, performance artists, and illustrators can showcase their talents on City streets and in parks.
Mini plazas converted from parking spaces
Enhance the street in front of your business or organization by creating a parklet for people to sit, relax, enjoy the city, and possibly become customers. Parklets are extended platforms over parking spaces that include benches, tables, chairs, and landscaping.
If you are the owner of a business that serves food or beverages, you may provide seating for your customers on the sidewalk directly outside of your business. Businesses that install outdoor patio seating on their own property require a development services permit.
If you are the owner of a business that sells flowers or produce, you may advertise your merchandise in an effective, eye-catching manner, on the sidewalk directly outside of your business.
The City encourages street vending - including food, and original artwork, crafts and flowers. Street vending can bring people together, and create another outlet for the public to have the convenience of street-level products.
Advertise events for free by hanging posters on the poster cylinders, installed on many lamp stands around the City.
Businesses may place a sandwich board directly in front of their store on City property.
To close off a portion of a street, to a length of one City block, temporarily, for construction or moving, apply for a street use and occupancy permit.
To market and canvass on City streets, you may need to apply for a Soliciting for Charity licence.
Organizations registered either provincially (Society Act Certificate) or federally (Canada Corporations Act - Part II) as a non-profit organization may apply for a Soliciting for Charity licence.
Political and religious activities
A free permit is required before you can place any structure or object (that is not a table) which conveys political expression on a City street, or hold a religious street meeting.