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Street Vending & Mobile Food Trucks

Street vending and mobile food operations are permitted to operate in Sidney in certain locations, provided they are licenced, and regulations are being followed.

 

Licensing

Mobile food truck/street vending operations require a valid Business Licence, either issued by the Town of Sidney, or an Intermunicipal Licence issued by the municipality in which the business is located. By having a valid Business Licence, it is expected that the business has approval from Island Health and any necessary Fire Department inspections. Business licences must be renewed annually and are valid until December 31st of each year.
If operating on public property, mobile food truck/street vending operations require Council’s approval and are subject to the guidelines found within the Town’s Street Vending Policy.

 

Approvals, Inspections, and Documentation

The following approvals, inspections, and supporting documents must be obtained and submitted in order for an application to be considered:

Private Property

Public Property

  1. Business Licence application form

Written letter of application (including the following details):

    1. Nature of the business
    2. Scope of operations
    3. Goods for sale
    4. Size of vehicle
    5. Location
    6. Waste disposal
    7. Confirmation of self-sufficiency in utilities
  1. Island Health approval

Island Health approval

  1. Fire Department approval

Fire Department approval

  1. Photographs of the vending vehicle

Photographs of the vending vehicle

  1. Written permission from the property owner(s)

$2 million in general liability insurance with the Town of Sidney named as a co-insured party &$1 million of liability insurance coverage for all vehicles associated with the business

  1. Business Licence application fees

$500 refundable deposit

Mobile food/vending trucks and/or vending carts fall under the “Outdoor Retail” use within the Town’s Zoning Bylaw, which is permitted within the following zones: C1, M1, P1, U2, U3, CD1, CD6, CD11, CD18, CD21, CD29, and CD40. These zones are highlighted on the following map in grey.

Outdoor retail is subject to the following conditions, which are from Zoning Bylaw No. 2015:

Conditional Use Regulations for all Outdoor Retail

–  Cannot be the primary use on the property.

Siting and size for vending areas:

–  Maximum 10 square metres vending area

– Vending area is maximum 15% of property area it is located on.

–  Minimum 1 metre setback from property line

 

Additional regulations for all Outdoor Retail excluding those located within the P1, U2, and U3 zones:

  • Hours of operation: between 7:00  am and 10:00 pm
  • Cannot be left in place overnight between the hours of 11:00 pm and 6:00 am
  • If utilizing a parking lot, all permitted uses on the subject lot shall meet the requirements of the Town of Sidney’s Offstreet Parking and Loading Bylaw.

 

Regulations for Outdoor Retail within the C1 zone at 2243 Beacon Ave.

–  Minimum 1 metre setback from property line

–  Hours of operation: between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm

For more information on Fire Department approvals, please see the Town of Sidney Fire Department overview on mobile food vendors here.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor in the Sidney Street Market, please visit the Street Market page.