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Commercial businesses permits

Find out what kind of permits you might be required to have to do business in Vancouver.

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Permits you might need to conduct business in Vancouver

Awning permit

Awnings in Vancouver require a permit under the Sign Bylaw. Read the requirements, view the bylaw, and download the application for an awning permit.

Billboard permit

Billboards in Vancouver require a permit under the Sign Bylaw. Read the requirements, view the bylaw, and download the application for a billboard permit.

Building permit for restaurant kitchen ventilation

Restaurants, cafés, and businesses with commercial kitchens need City-approved kitchen ventilation and fire protection systems to safely remove greasy vapours. Learn about the right equipment setup, get a building permit to install it, and keep it clean.

Electrical permit (annual or operating)

All commercial or industrial businesses need an annual (operating) electrical permit. Read the requirements, view the bylaw, and download the application.

Occupant load permit

Indicates how many people are able to safely be in a space, which is based partly on what the space is going to be used for. Learn more and apply online.

Produce and flower displays permit

Permit to set up produce and flower arrangements outside existing businesses.

Restaurant or cafe patios on private property

Restaurant or cafe patios on private property require permission from the City. Download the checklist, view contact information, and more.

Fireworks retail permit

Find out how to get a fireworks retail permit from the Fire Prevention Office to sell fireworks to the public. Each retail location in Vancouver needs a permit.

Sidewalk patio without liquor service ("small patio") permit

Permit to set up sidewalk seating for restaurants and cafes where liquor will not be served.

Sidewalk patio with liquor service ("large patio") permit

Permit to set up sidewalk seating surrounded by rails, for restaurants and cafes where liquor will be served.

Sign permit

Most signs in Vancouver require a permit under the Sign Bylaw. Read the requirements, view the bylaw, and download the application for a sign permit.

Wastewater discharge permit (industry or manufacturing)

This permit regulates the amount and quality of industrial wastewater that businesses may discharge into City sewers. Read the requirements and apply.

Contact us about business licences

Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Phone: 311

Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon

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Building and renovating permits

Awning permitBillboard permitBuilding permit for restaurant kitchen ventilationElectrical permit (annual or operating)Occupant load permitProduce and flower displays permitRestaurant or cafe patios on private propertyFireworks retail permitSidewalk patio without liquor service ("small patio") permitSidewalk patio with liquor service ("large patio") permitSign permitWastewater discharge permit (industry or manufacturing)