Council gave third readings to two applications for a Cannabis Retail Use rezoning on December 3, 2019:

  • 1-101 Morrissey Road (Burb)
  • 2816 St. Johns Street (Kiaro)

The remaining two applications were referred to the second round of application processing:

  • 3034 St. Johns Street (Westcanna)
  • 2506 St. Johns Street (Purp City & CBD)

These applications will be further considered by Council in the New Year. Please check back for updates.

The Council report from the November 5, 2019 Special Council meeting provides further information on the four applications that were referred to Public Hearing which occurred on November 26, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the City Hall theatre.


Retail stores that sell cannabis will be considered in Port Moody through a site-specific rezoning process. Our Cannabis Retail Use Corporate Policy includes the land use and business licence requirements that must be met, as well as the application process for a proposed Cannabis Retail Use.

Land use and business licence requirements

Requirements include:

  • a 75-metre buffer distance between retail cannabis stores and sensitive uses (defined as schools, playgrounds, and community centres);
  • the property in question must be zoned for commercial retail use; and
  • a number of business licence regulations, related to design and security, in addition to the basic Provincial requirements.

The City will permit a maximum of five retail cannabis stores in Port Moody within the first 12 months following the May 2019 adoption of the applicable Zoning Bylaw amendment.

Additional evaluation criteria may be incorporated into the Cannabis Retail Use Corporate Policy in the near future to assist Council in assessing applications.

Application process

Council will consider rezoning applications for Cannabis Retail Use that are received by October 15, 2019. Staff will process rezoning applications in a single batch. This allows Council to consider the applications together and determine the most suitable options for the community. This will include a public hearing for the public to provide input into each proposed Cannabis Retail Use location.

Before submitting a rezoning application, prospective applicants must first apply to the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch. The LCRB will forward applications that meet the provincial requirements to the City for a recommendation. Staff will notify applicants to submit a rezoning application when the referral from LCRB is received by the City. Staff will notify the LCRB of the City’s recommendation based on the decision of Council at the conclusion of the rezoning process.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure a timely submission to the LCRB in order to meet the City’s deadline for the submission of rezoning applications. Our Cannabis Retail Use Corporate Policy includes a process for the review of rezoning applications received after the October 15, 2019 deadline. These applications will be considered by Council after December 31, 2019. 

Additional information


 Public consultation (2018)

To prepare for the legalization of cannabis, the City of Port Moody asked residents and business owners/operators to share their thoughts on whether retail cannabis stores should be permitted in Port Moody and, if permitted, what land use guidelines and business licence regulations should apply to these stores.

 Federal and provincial cannabis legislation resources