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Licences and permits

Doing business in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver issues about 50,000 business licenses and 100,000 permits every year. These cover everything from busking to home-based businesses to large multi-national organizations, and industries ranging from entertainment to high tech to tourism to finance.

Business licences

Types of business licences

Information about the types of business licences you can apply for in the City of Vancouver.

Additional permits

Permits you might need

Along with a business licence, you might need additional permits for the type of business you want to conduct in Vancouver.

Getting a business licence

Your business licence account

Information about applying for, cancelling, and managing your City of Vancouver business licence account.

Putting on a special event

Event permits

Special events in Vancouver may require a number of permits, depending on the location, the type of event, and more.

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Find and contact us

Contact us about business licences

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

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

Building permits

Looking for a permit for your building or renovating project?

Go to the Home, Property, and Development section of the website.

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