Street Vendors

TCP Eats

Food Vendors Sought for Spring/Summer 2019

Coquitlam is soliciting expressions of interest until May 28 from private vendors to set up food trucks and carts at Town Centre Park in spring and summer 2019 as part of the pilot TCP Eats project.

Launched in spring 2019, TCP Eats provides food vendors an opportunity to establish a regular presence at Town Centre Park, Coquitlam’s largest park and a regional destination for sports, recreation, culture and leisure activities.

Named "Best Public Space" by the Canadian Institute of Planners in 2017, the park attracts thousands of people each year to major events and amenities such as Town Centre Park Plaza, Percy Perry Stadium and Lafarge Lake.

A ven e dor hub will be set up from April to the end of September in Lot D (view map) off Trevor Wingrove Way, with temporary picnic tables on the lawn.

View the Request for Expressions of Interest

Details for applicants:

  • There will be no assigned spaces, and vendors will be free to operate based on demand and weather. However, during the application-vetting process, preference will be given to those who plan to attend regularly.
  • Vendors will be required to be self-sufficient and will have no access to power or water.
  • Vendors will be responsible for removing their own waste, keeping the surrounding area clean and managing their own promotions.
  • Vendors will be required to secure all applicable permits (see RFEI), and provide feedback and sales data to the City at the end of the season.

The vendor hub will be anchored by Rocky Point Ice Cream, which will provide a scheduled service late April.

During events, the vendor hub may be relocated to Trevor Wingrove Way if required. The City may also initiate a limited number of black-out dates for TCP Eats if warranted.

 

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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