Street Vendors

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The City of Coquitlam has an active street vending program for carts and vending vehicles. There are different licensing options available to vendors. Of particular note are the designated spots for street vendors near Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake station of the Evergreen SkyTrain Extension.

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?

  • Nine 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 $1,000
  • Damage deposit of $1,000
  • Parking fees

What are the requirements?

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

Is there a specific intake date for street vending permits?

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?

Vendors selected to operate will then enter into a mobile vending agreement with the City. Setting up as a street vendor is a multi-step process and the final step is a business licence. Contact our office for more information on requirements.

Other Resources

Application Forms are available here:

See Starting a Business for more information on starting a business in Coquitlam.  Tips on how to successfully operate a street vending business can be seen here.

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