Mobile special event vending permit

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.

2024 Fees

Fee Cost
1-day permit fee $45.33 + GST


We welcome your application if you:

  • Are over 19 years old
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Have valid liability insurance

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 & 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

  1. Fill out the application form (153 KB)
  2. Bring your application form in person to the Client Services Counter at Engineering Services

Current photo identification is required.

Rules and requirements

Mobile special event vending permits


  • Are cancelled if 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
  • Are only valid within two blocks outside of the designated boundaries of the special event

Permit holders and operators

Permitees and operators need to cooperate with any City of Vancouver official or Vancouver Police Department member.

Failure to comply with the requirements listed above may result in suspension and/or cancellation of the vending permit.

Already have a street vending permit?

If your permit location is within the boundary of a special event, you can continue to sell goods during the event.

Your location may be changed a bit to accommodate the event.

Contact us

Location - by appointment only
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