Mobile Food Vendors

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Mobile food vending is a trend that is on the rise. Coquitlam has seen an increased number of mobile food vendors wishing to operate at community events or independently within City limits.

Prior to operating in Coquitlam, all food vendors must do the following:

  • pass an annual fire inspection
  • display a valid GVFCA decal (issued during fire inspection)
  • hold a valid health permit (Fraser or Coastal Health certificate of approval)
  • obtain a business license through the City Licensing Department

Once mobile food vendors have passed their annual fire inspection, they will be issued a GVFCA decal that is recognized by most Lower Mainland Fire Departments.  As a result, food vendors will not need to have multiple fire inspections done.  However, each municipality has its own regulations about obtaining a Business License.  Please be sure to contact the municipality you plan to operate in to see if a business license is required!

Food Vendors should consider attending the annual Food Truck Inspection Day, which is held annually in early April at the Langley Events Center.  Nearly 20 representatives from fire departments across the Lower Mainland will be on site conducting inspections of food trucks and food trailers throughout the day. This day, along with the new inspection program, is a coordinated effort, led by the Greater Vancouver Fire Chief's Association (GVFCA.)

To request an inspection of your mobile food vending vehicle through Coquitlam Fire/Rescue, please send a request to firerescue@coquitlam.ca

Food vending vehicle Inspections must take place at least two weeks prior to the event/the date you plan to operate.

Fire Prevention Division
1300 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 7S4
604-927-6433
firerescue@coquitlam.ca