“Mobile Vendor” Zoning Review


On April 14, 2022, the Regional District announced the launching of a pilot program for “seasonal mobile food vending licences”, beginning in Spring of 2022, to operate in Christie Memorial Park, Kenyon Park, Manitou Park and the Similkameen Recreation Centre.

At present, the only reference in the Okanagan Valley Zoning Bylaw to “mobile vendor” is an indirect one in the definition of “eating and drinking establishment” that excludes “mobile catering food services” as permitted type of restaurant use.

As a result, “mobile vendor” are generally seen to be prohibited in all zones, with the exception of the Parks and Recreation (PR) Zone.  This is a result of Administration having previously interpretated the definition of “park” to allow for “mobile vendor”, specifically:

“park” means any publicly-owned, held or beneficially owned outdoor land or facility specifically designed for passive or active recreation including tot-lots, playgrounds, walkways, trails, band shells, greenbelts, buffers, nature interpretation areas, or similar land uses, including all uses permitted in Provincial Parks, and all natural and constructed landscaping, facilities, playing fields, buildings and structures consistent with the general purpose of public park land; [emphasis added]

Consequently, property owners seeking to operate a food truck (or similar) outside of a PR Zone are required to obtain the approval of the Regional District Board. 

In order to provide greater clarity on the allowance for "mobil vendors" to operate on lands zoned PR, as well as to review the suitability of allowing "mobile vendors" to operate in a wider range of zones, the Regional District has initiated a Zone Review.

Amendment Bylaw Status

Draft DocumentsPublic ConsultationRegional District Board Consideration

Draft Amendment Bylaw:

Amendment Bylaw 2800.02

(version - 2022-05-05)

Public Information Meeting:

Date: June 8, 2022

Time: 7:30pm

Location: https://rdos.webex.com /

1-844-992-4726 (from phones)

Meeting Number: 2497 407 4717

Password: RD@S  (7317 from phones)

Webex Instructions

Notice of Meeting

Feedback Form


Public Hearing:

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: https://rdos.webex.com 

1-833-311-4101 (from phones)

Meeting Number: TBD         

Password: RD@S (7317 from phones)

Notice of Public Hearing

Feedback Form

Public Hearing Instructions

Planning & Development Committee

Administrative Report

Amendment Bylaw 2800.02

Minutes (2022-05-05)


Bylaw Introduction (1st & 2nd reading):

Administrative Report

Amendment Bylaw No. 2800.02


Minutes (2022-07-07)


Public Hearing:




3rd Reading:

Administrative Report

Amendment Bylaw No. 2800.02


Minutes (2022-08-04)



Administrative Report

Amendment Bylaw No. 2800.02

Minutes (2022-08-18)

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For additional information, please contact:
Colin Martin
Planning Services Clerk