Mobile Food Vendor Program

Mobile food vending is a great way for people to try out a business idea without making the capital investment of opening a storefront. As a means to encourage and promote the food vending industry in Downtown, the City of Whitehorse and Government of Yukon make public sites available for vending during the summer season. Sites are allocated in the spring via a lottery process.

Mobile food vendors must obtain a business licence. Applications can be printed from the City website or can be obtained at the Land and Building Services office located at Calcite Business Centre, Unit #6 – 151 Industrial Road.

This page is for reference purposes only – complete up-to-date details can be obtained by contacting Planning and Sustainability Services.

Vendor sites

To encourage and promote mobile food vending Downtown, the City has designated seven sites based on their high profile locations and suitability for food vending. Sites are allocated to vendors on an annual basis. Vendors are not permitted to operate on public property other than a site that has been allocated to them.

The sites are distributed via a lottery process held in the spring of each year. Sites not allocated during the lottery process are available over the counter on a first come, first serve basis.

Applications

Application packages for the spring lottery can be obtained by registering through Bonfire on the City’s website. Application closing time and date is 3:00:00 PM Yukon local time on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Applicants should review the Terms of Reference and conduct visits to the sites they are interested in. Vendors must submit a business plan with their application describing their vending apparatus, menu, operations plan, and financial goals.

Site regulations

Specific rules are in place regarding start and end dates, frequency of operation, hours of operation, use of electricity (if available), etc. These rules vary by site and are reviewed annually – up-to-date rules are in the application package.

Required permits

In addition to a business licence, mobile food vendors operating on public property must obtain a development permit for temporary use. The applicant is required to submit proof of insurance in accordance with City policy.

Fees charged by the City are set out in the Fees and Charges By-law. Current fees are as follow:

  • Business licence (6 months) – $100
  • Development permit – $350

There is no fee to enter the lottery for sites on public property.

All mobile food vendors

  • Register your trade name with the Government of Yukon Corporate Affairs
    (if you are naming the business anything other than your name)
  • Receive approval from Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board
    (if you have employees)
  • Obtain approval from Environmental Health Services
  • Obtain a business licence

Vendors on public property

  • Obtain a Development permit for commercial – temporary; application to include the following:
    • Completed application form
    • Permit fee
    • Proof of liability insurance in accordance with the City’s Lease, Encroachment and Property Use Policy (section 4)
    • Proof of third party permitting or licensing, if applicable

Vendors on private property

  • Development permit
  • Written permission from property owner to operate on the site