Roaming street food vending

The roaming food vending permit allows food and non-alcoholic drinks to be sold on City property from a vending unit that may change locations.

You will need one permit for each vending unit you operate.

Renewing your permit

To renew your permit, login to your online account. You will need the following:

  • Valid liability insurance
  • Copy of your current business licence
  • Copy of your health permit for your vending unit
  • Copy of your motor vehicle insurance
  • Criminal record search for each vending unit operator
  • Permit fees


Fee Cost
Motorised unit permit fee (food trucks) $335.94 + GST
Non-motorised unit permit fee (bikes or push carts) $168.61 + GST


We welcome your application if you:

  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Have valid liability and vehicle insurance
  • Have a current City of Vancouver business licence
  • Complete a criminal record search for each vending unit operator
  • Have a valid health permit

Insurance requirements

As a condition of being granted a vending permit, you must show “Proof of Liability Insurance” coverage which meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Inclusive limit of $2,000,000 P.L. and P.D. (public liability and property damage)
  • Cross liability clause
  • City of Vancouver named as an insured

Download our Liability Insurance Certificate (175 KB), forward it to your insurance company to complete, and upload it during your application.

A permit will not be granted until proof of insurance has been received.

How to apply

Each vending unit needs a roaming food vending permit.

  1. Before you apply, have the following ready:
    • Completed details form (download available when applying)
    • Valid liability insurance
    • Copy of your current business licence
    • Copy of health permit for your vending unit
    • Copy of motor vehicle insurance
    • Criminal record search for each vending operator
    • Permit fees
  2. Apply for your permit online. Register for an account and submit your application

Apply online

Rules and requirements

Times and locations where vending is not allowed

Vending is not permitted within:

  • The nighttime hours noted on your permit
  • Downtown, on streets west of Main Street and north of False Creek
  • One block of grade schools on school days from 8am to 5pm
  • Park boundaries (including parking lots), beaches, school grounds, or private properties
  • 100 metres of park concession stands

Locations with restrictions

  • Olympic Village:
    • Maximum of four trucks for the entire village area
    • Two trucks are permitted at any one time at the village square
    • If parked on 1600 Manitoba St, vending may only take place on the east side of the block
    • Maximum of two more trucks are permitted at any one time at Hinge Park, vending may only take place on the west side of Columbia Street
  • Terminal Avenue:
    • Maximum of two vendors per day between Station Street and Thornton Street
  • Railway Street:
    • Maximum of three vendors per day between Gore Avenue and Jackson Street
    • Side streets off of Railway Street are not permitted.

Vending near restaurants

Roaming food vendors must stay 100 metres away from restaurants that sell a similar food product, concept, or theme.

Example: A roaming food vendor is parked less than 100 metres from a juice business.

  • Not allowed: The roaming vendor sells only juice. This food concept or theme is too similar to the juice business.
  • Allowed: The roaming vendor sells breakfast items including juice. The juice menu item is the only similarity to the juice business.

Vending permits


  • Must be displayed to the public at all times
  • May not be sold
  • Remain the property of the City of Vancouver
  • Must be given immediately, upon request, to any City of Vancouver official or Vancouver Police Department member

Roaming vending units

Vending units must:

Vending units are exempt from hourly parking limits when operating.

Trailer vending units must remain attached to a motorised vehicle at all times.

Sound systems in vending units

Sound systems must be:

  • Played no louder than 65dBA when measured at 15 metres directly in front of the vending unit
  • Set so the operator of the vending unit cannot adjust the volume above the limit
  • Shut off when the vehicle is stopped

Failure to comply with the requirements listed above may result in one or more of the following:

  • Confiscation of goods
  • Suspension of the permit
  • Cancellation of the permit

Storing your vending unit

The site location and storage facilities for your vending unit must be approved by Vancouver Coastal Health:

Refer to Vancouver Coastal Health's guidelines

The vending unit storage facility, also known as a commissary, must have:

  • A minimum of a painted concrete floor
  • Smooth, easily cleanable and impervious finishes on the walls, ceilings and storage surfaces
  • A design that prevents the entrance and harbourage of rodents or insects
  • A minimum of a two compartment sink with hot and cold running water
  • Mechanical refrigeration for the storage of perishable products
  • Adequate electrical lighting
  • Adequate rubbish disposal

Fire safety requirements for mobile and temporary food vending operations

Vendors must complete all of the applicable documents indicated below and follow the requirements described in the documents prior to commencing operation.

Contact Street Activities

5th Floor
507 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 0B4

Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5pm

Mailing address
Engineering Services
320 - 507 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 0B4