Recreational Cannabis Retail Policy

Updated February 18, 2020

The City has received four new applications to rezone their properties to support the use of a Recreational Cannabis Retail Store.

  • #119 – 1433 Lonsdale Avenue
  • 1520 Lonsdale Avenue
  • 143 East 2nd Street
  • #1 – 820 Marine Drive

Public Hearing

Date: February 24, 2019
Location: City Hall Council Chambers
Time: 7:00pm

Rezoning Applicants Selected

The City reviewed applications submitted during the official intake period between November 19, 2018 at 10am (PST) to November 30, 2018 at 5pm (PST). Applications were reviewed on a "first come, first serve" basis for compliance with submission requirements outlined in the City’s Recreational Cannabis Retail Policy. As per the Policy, the first two complete applications received in Areas 1 and 2, and the first complete applications received in Areas 3 and 4 were invited to submit a rezoning application, with the remaining being placed on a list in the order received in the appropriate area of the City. In the event any previous applications were unsuccessful in getting Council support, the next location on the list would be contacted to make a rezoning application.

The order of complete applications received are as follows, with the highlighted applications being the first to moving forward to rezoning, subject to Council approval. This chart has been updated from the Council decisions from the July 15 and July 17 Public Hearing meetings, and who have already been contacted to make an application for the next round.

Applicant Location

AREA 1 (Central Lonsdale) - 2 Store Maximum
1   1717 Lonsdale Avenue DENIED
1200 Lonsdale Avenue DENIED
119-1433 Lonsdale Avenue APPLICATION RECEIVED

AREA 2 (Lower Lonsdale) - 2 Store Maximum
315 Lonsdale Avenue DENIED
221 West 1st Street ACCEPTED
115 East 1st Street
121 East 1st Street
142 West 3rd Street
148 East 2nd Street

AREA 3 (West) - 1 Store Maximum
C-725 West 14th Street DENIED

AREA 4 (East) - 1 Store Maximum ( closed to applications)
333 Brooksbank Avenue ACCEPTED

As with the first round of applications, Staff will be processing the next batch of rezoning applications concurrently.  All rezoning applications must proceed to Council for consideration, including a Public Hearing.  As with all rezoning applications, Council retains the discretionary authority to approve or reject each individual application based on its own merits, context and other factors.

Recreational cannabis retail stores must obtain a non-medical cannabis retail license from the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) in order to operate. Should an application be given Third Reading, it will be held until confirmation of provincial approval is received, prior to Final Adoption.

Q: What do I need to provide, in addition to the application form, for my submission to be considered complete?
Q: Can I submit more than one application?
Q: Do I need to apply for a provincial non-medical cannabis retail license prior to submitting an application with the City?
Q: Why is rezoning approval required to operate a recreational cannabis retail store?
Q: As a member of the public, how can I provide my input on a rezoning application for a proposed recreational cannabis retail business location?
Q: What happens if a rezoning applicant withdraws, or if an application is rejected by Council?
Q: If my rezoning application is approved, what other municipal permits will I require?

Q: Will the City consider more stores and/or other land uses in the future?


The Government of Canada legalized non-medical (recreational) cannabis on October 17, 2018. Information about Cannabis in Canada can be found on the Government of Canada website. In preparation for the national legalization of recreational cannabis, the Province of British Columbia has established a legislative framework under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act (CCLA) and is currently working on a full regulatory framework. More information on the legislative framework can be found on the Government of BC's website.

On September 24, 2018, City Council endorsed the Recreational Cannabis Retail Policy. This policy will serve as a guide to help inform Council’s decision-making on permitting new recreational cannabis retail stores in the City of North Vancouver, with a focus on the following considerations:

  • Land Use
  • Separation distance from sensitive uses
  • Maximum number and geographical distribution of stores
  • Application processing and approval
Q: Does this policy affect regulations pertaining to medical marijuana production?
Q: Does this policy regulate home production of recreational cannabis?
Q: How will public consumption of recreational cannabis be dealt with?


Land Use

Recreational cannabis retail stores may only locate on properties with the following land use designations under the 2014 Official Community Plan:

  • Mixed-Use Level 2
  • Mixed-Use Level 3
  • Mixed-Use Level 4A
  • Mixed-Use Level 4B
  • Harbourside Waterfront
  • Commercial

The Land Use Map shows properties within these land use designations where retail businesses may be considered.

Separation Distance from Sensitive Uses

Recreational cannabis retail stores may not be located within a 100-metre radii of the following:

  • Community and recreational centres
  • North Shore Neighbourhood House
  • North Shore Shelter
  • North Vancouver School District Office
  • Public elementary and secondary schools

The Sensitive Use Exclusion Buffers Map shows 100-metre buffers from the above sensitive uses, where retail stores may not be located.

Maximum Number and Geographical Distribution of Stores

The City will consider a maximum of six stores, allocated as follows:

  • Area 1 (Central Lonsdale): two stores maximum
  • Area 2 (Lower Lonsdale): two stores maximum
  • Area 3 (west side of City): one store maximum
  • Area 4 (east side of City): one store maximum

The Retail Areas Map shows the locations of each of these four Areas and properties where stores may be considered after taking into account the sensitive use exclusion buffers.

The interactive map tool below summarizes the locational requirements listed above for recreational cannabis retail stores, and displays properties throughout the City in which a store location could be supported. Prospective applicants should familiarize themselves with these requirements and ensure their proposed location(s) are in full compliance.

Potential sites for recreational cannabis retail stores

Note: This interactive map contains the most up-to-date information on potential recreational cannabis retail store locations.

Contact Info

David Johnson
Development Planner
Tel: 604-990-4219

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