Street Vendors

The City of Coquitlam is accepting applications for vending carts and vending vehicles for food and goods. With the opening of new SkyTrain stations in Coquitlam, there will be new hot spots for street vendors! Coquitlam has operated a successful street vendor program since 2012.

What kind of Street Vendors can apply?

  • ​Vending vehicles
  • Carts
  • Food & beverages
  • Other merchandise (e.g. flowers, newspapers)

Where can I operate?

  • 8 pre-approved locations on City streets and boulevards
  • Interested vendors can propose additional street and boulevard sites for consideration

When can I operate?

  • Flexible Hours
  • 7 days/week
  • Year-round

How much does it cost?

  • Annual licence fee is $1000

What are the Requirements?

  • City of Coquitlam business licence
  • Mobile vending agreement
  • Proof of insurance
  • Coquitlam Fire/Rescue approval (if cooking food on site)
  • Health Authority approval (if serving food)

Deadlines: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until all of the available licences have been awarded.

How do I Apply to Operate as a Street Vendor?

  • Familiarize yourself with the evaluation criteria.
  • Find out what sites are currently available or what the City looks at when approving new sites.
  • Review the mobile vending agreement.
  • Submit a business licence application to the City. 

Vendors selected to operate will then enter into a mobile vending agreement with the City.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Corporate – ​Business profile, number of years of relevant experience.
  • Sites – ​Your preference and its availability.
  • Equipment – ​A mobile vending cart or vending vehicle?
  • Schedule and Commitment – How often do you want to operate?
  • Marketing – Why is your business well suited ​for that site?
  • Menu planning, course offerings and quality.
  • How you would connect with and involve the community?
  • Appearance and presentation.
  • Promotion, marketing and placement of services.
  • Value Added – what is exceptional about your business?
  • Sustainability – Minimize environmental impact and provide social and economic benefits to the community.
  • Sketch Plan – ​A sketch plan showing the proposed location and the dimensions of your vehicle or cart.
  • References. 

Application Form

Application Forms are available here - Business Licence Application Form - Mobile/Street Vendor, or look over the RFIE No. 15-01-02 Mobile Vending Operators for more information.

Visit our Starting a Business page ​for more information on starting a business in Coquitlam.

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