Food service guidelines
Food service guidelines are issued by Vancouver Coastal Health for temporary food markets. The guidelines include such information as:
- The definition of higher-risk foods versus lower-risk foods
- Conditions of sale
- Guidelines for market managers
Marine Event Permit
All organized activities on the water require a Marine Event Permit from the Port of Vancouver.
If you have any questions, call the Port of Vancouver's operations centre at 604-665-9086.
There is no charge for a Marine Event Permit.
Special Event Market Permit
A Special Event Market Permit gives event organizers exclusive control over sales at their special event. The organizers can raise funds by charging vendors to sell their goods or services within the event boundaries.
For more information or to apply, contact the City of Vancouver Special Event Office.
Temporary food application
You will need a temporary food application from Vancouver Coastal Health if you are serving or selling food OR liquor at your event.
If you will be operating your own food services
If you are operating your own food services, or operating your own alcohol service areas, you must complete the application.
If others will provide food or alcohol
If you are allowing other individuals or companies to provide food or food services, or to operate your alcohol service locations, you are responsible for ensuring they have the appropriate permits from Vancouver Coastal Health.
In addition, Vancouver Coastal Health has requirements for washrooms, water service and garbage disposal related to operating a temporary food booth or alcohol service location.
Ready to apply for your special event?
Ready to apply? If you are ready to apply for your special event permit, click the link below to go directly to the online application.
Is your event in a park? If your event is in a park, you will also need to fill out the Park Board's application.