Environmental health offices offer annual food service permits required by food service establishments, including restaurants, take-outs, caterers and mobile food service providers.

How to apply for a food service permit

Every operator of a food service establishment must have a valid annual permit. Food service establishments include restaurants, take-outs, caterers and mobile food service providers. The annual permit is not transferable to a temporary event. 

Food safety guidelines

These documents provide a foundation for a collaborative approach to food safety between Vancouver Coastal Health and food service providers.

Food premises orientation package

Download the food premises orientation package, which will guide you through the process of obtaining a health operating permit.

Application forms

    • Food service permit application form

    • Non-permitted facility application form

      NOTE: Operators of non-permitted food premises, such as food stores and food manufacturers must obtain an approval to operate.

    • Mobile food premises guidelines

    • Commissary or servicing area agreement

      For mobile food premises

Documents for temporary events


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