Arts and Culture Indoor Event Pilot Program

Vancouver City Council will hold a Public Hearing:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 6 pm
To consider amendments to the Zoning and Development By-law. If approved, the amendments will create a specific use category for Arts and Culture Indoor Events, defined as “an event of an artistic or cultural nature, including but not limited to visual, performing, media, literary, craft or interdisciplinary arts, for a maximum of 250 persons, which occurs not more than two days per month in a building”.  Arts and Culture Indoor Events will be allowed in zoning districts which are primarily commercial or industrial, and in the BC Place/Expo and False Creek Comprehensive Development Districts. The events will be exempted from the requirement to obtain a Development Permit.

Jacqueline Gijssen, Senior Cultural Planner
Cultural Services, City of Vancouver, February 26, 2013

Many of you have been following progress on the Live Performance Venues work that our office is undertaking.  Recently, Council referred a report  to the March 12, 2013 Public Hearing for an “Arts and Culture Indoor Event Pilot Program”.

This report recommends bylaw changes that will make it easier to hold small-scale arts events in non-residential spaces (e.g. industrial spaces, work-only artist studios, galleries) on an occasional basis (up to twice a month).

The Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 12.  At the meeting City Council will hear from all interested members of the public.  You can also submit written comment by e-mail up until 15 minutes after the close of the Public Hearing by sending to  Additional information about the Public Hearing is attached.

The report can be found here:   The agenda for the Public Hearing will be finalized soon, and then will be posted here: (note it is worth checking the agenda to see when the item is scheduled, thereby not having to sit through the entire public hearing, if it is later in the meeting).

Thor Kuhlmann, Cultural Planner, would be happy to answer questions you may have about the proposal.  Feel free to get in touch with him at or 604.871.6844.