Find out what kind of permits you might be required to have to do business in Vancouver.
Temporary Expedited Patio Program (TEPP)
To support business recovery due to COVID-19, we have created an expedited patio permit. Businesses can quickly apply to convert on-street parking or sidewalk spaces into temporary patios from June 1 – October 31, 2020.
The Temporary Expedited Patio Program doesn't apply to complex patios or any patio that doesn't fall within the program.
Awnings in Vancouver require a permit under the Sign Bylaw. Read the requirements, view the bylaw, and download the application for an awning permit.
Businesses with commercial kitchens need City-approved kitchen ventilation and fire protection systems to safely remove greasy vapours.
Find out how to get a fireworks retail permit from the Fire Prevention Office to sell fireworks to the public.
Indicates how many people are able to safely be in a space, which is based partly on what the space is going to be used for. Learn more and apply online.
Restaurant or cafes can get a patio permit. Permits are available for a patio located on a sidewalk or on your establishment's property.
Permit to set up produce and flower arrangements outside existing businesses.
Signs, including painted signs, require a permit under the Sign By-law. Read the requirements, view the by-law, and download the application.
This permit regulates the amount and quality of industrial wastewater that businesses may discharge into City sewers.
Information for businesses
You will need an electrical permit to perform most electrical work except for replacing switches, bulbs, and making minor repairs to an installation covered by an existing annual electrical permit.
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