Festivals and special events have the capacity to enhance the quality of life for both residents and visitors, create memorable national park experiences and provide services which allow people to access new experiences.
The Town regulates farmers markets through the Festivals and Special Events Policy C5001 and Special Events Standards to maximize the benefits to residents and visitors, maintain market standards and safety, and minimize impact on traffic, parking, and the environment.
A Farmers Market is considered a category of festivals and special events, and is defined as an open public market that contains a variety of booths, tents or stalls that display primarily locally-produced artisanal foods, specialty produce, and baked goods as well arts and crafts products.
Farmers markets must:
A special event permit is required to hold a farmers market. A special event permit application identifies a number of requirements based on the specific proposal, which may include a Street and Public Place Use Permit, Traffic Management Plan, Emergency Plans, Site Maps, as well as business licencing for the organizer and seasonal business licences for all vendors. Requirements are outlined in Special Events Standards.
An application for a festival or special event shall not be processed until the applicant has provided all required information, documents and fees as described in the Festival and Special Event Policy and the Special Event Application Form. Applications must be submitted to the Town of Banff no less than three months in advance of the event date. An application/request only and does not guarantee a permit will be issued.
2019 Application Intake Process
Since Farmers Markets generally begin after the Victoria Day weekend. The Town of Banff has received interest from a number of operators to organize farmers markets. To ensure fairness in the process to approve markets on public land, and to provide adequate time before the summer season, the Town of Banff is holding a Farmers Market Application Intake Process:
Farmers market applications are submitted through the online Special Event Application form.
Recurring special events
The Special Events Standards states that recurring annual special events require a notice of intention to renew, in writing with date confirmation, at least eight months in advance. Venue locations are not held unless notice of intentions are made in writing.