Concession & vendor opportunities
Independent concession operators in Kelowna have two separate options with respect to operating a concession business within city limits. They may either pursue operations on privately owned land or they may pursue a partnership with us in order to operate on municipal lands. Regardless of whether the operation occurs on private or public lands, a number of key criteria must be met. These include the following:
- a valid business licence;
- compliance with the City of Kelowna's zoning bylaw;
- Interior Health Authority certification (if selling food); and,
- compliance with the City's exclusion zone as per the City' Business License & Regulation bylaw No. 7878.
- Mobile Food Vendors have additional requirements through the Fire Department.
The Property Management department administers the oversight and awarding of concession opportunities under municipal jurisdiction. Opportunities are awarded via a public process, whereby we advertise the availability of a certain type of concession (food, activity, service, etc.) at a certain location and then invites responses from the public. All responses that meet the minimum criteria are evaluated by a cross-departmental panel to determine which proposal best meets the needs of the city. Finalization of a license agreement with the selected applicant is subject to final approval by council.
The typical annual process with respect to new concession opportunities is as follows:
- December to February: evaluation of new opportunities;
- February to March: request for concession proposals and evaluation of responses;
- May to September: typical operating season for concessions; and,
- October to November: evaluation of summer season and concession performance.