The City sends you a renewal notice in November by email or mail.
Help us keep accurate records and be sure your business follows zoning and licence rules.
Report these changes when you renew, below.
You can renew your licence online, by phone, by mail, and in person.
Pay for your renewal by credit card and print your new licence immediately.
Pay by cheque or money order (credit card cheques are not accepted) issued to the City of Vancouver. Send your payment and renewal notice to the mailing address on this page.
Receive your new licence by mail:
Pay by cash, debit card, credit card, cheque, or money order (credit card cheques are not accepted). Make cheques and money orders payable to the City of Vancouver. Bring your payment and renewal notice to the location on this page.
Expect long line-ups at our locations from November to February during our busy times.
Receive your new licence in person.
Did you close your business licence account:
Contact the Licence Office about reinstating your licence.
A late payment penalty of 10% of the licence fee or $40.00, whichever is greater, applies to all payments received after December 31.
Not sure yet if you're working in the City of Vancouver next year? No problem.
You can renew your business licence after December 31 – once you have work lined up in the City – with no late payment penalty, but only if your business address is outside Vancouver.
Otherwise, if your business address is in Vancouver, then the late payment penalty fee applies even if you have not yet started working in the City for the year.
Location to pay only
Ground Floor, City Hall
453 West 12th Avenue
Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm
Location to pay and update licence information
Building and Development Services Centre
515 West 10th Avenue
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm
8:30am to 4:00pm
PO Box 7878
Vancouver, BC V6B 4E2
Find details for the Licence Bylaw (4450) including Schedules A and B, which list licence fees.