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Organize an event on a street, sidewalk, or plaza

The focus of event approvals is to make sure that events are safe, and don’t negatively affect the community. We want you to have a fun, safe, memorable event.

Looking to hold your event only in a park? Review the steps to holding an event in a park

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What's happeningSpecial event permitting workshops

Are you an event organizer or you would like to host an event on City property? Attend one of our workshops and learn how the special event permitting process works, what kinds of financial supports exist, and what timelines and other items are required to process a permit.

Workshops in 2022

  • Workshops are on Tuesdays from 1pm to 4pm
  • March 1, April 26, July 12, October 4

Register for an upcoming workshop

The length of time required for approval varies depending on the complexity of the event. 

  • Small to medium sized events with street closures or parking requirements should be applied for 2 to 5 months before the event date.
  • Larger and route based events (parades and runs) should be applied for 9 months before the event date.

Steps to getting a special event permit

Before you begin:

Contacts and resources

Single-use items by-laws

All vendors at your event will be required to comply with our single-use item by-laws (restrictions on shopping bags, cups, utensils, straws, and foam cups or containers).

Starting July 1, 2022, food vendors will be required to accept customers' clean reusable cups. Ensure your food vendors identify how they will accept reusable cups in their food services application with Vancouver Coastal Health.

Questions about the single-use item by-laws can be directed to:
ReduceSingleUse@vancouver.ca