Renew your business licence

Your business licence expires on 31 December each year

You will receive a notice by mail in November.

If you have not renewed your licence or if your account has been closed for two consecutive years, you will have to apply for a new business licence.

If your account has been closed for less than two years and if you are planning to restart your business, you may be able to re-instate your licence.

How to renew your business licence

You can renew your licence in one of the following ways:

  • Online with a credit card, if you are not requesting any changes to your business licence account information (you can print your own licence when you renew online)
  • In person
  • Over the phone, with a credit card
  • By mail, with a cheque or money order with the renewal notice enclosed

You may pay for your licence renewal using cash, cheque or money order (made payable to the City of Vancouver), debit, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).


How long does it take?

November to February are very busy times at the Licence Office. If you want to renew your business licence in person, please expect lengthy wait times. However, your renewal is processed immediately IF there are no changes to your licence.

This is when you can expect to have your business licence renewed:


 Renewal made Business licence renewed
 Online  Immediately
 By phone or in person  Same day
 By email, fax, or mail (March to October)  2 to 4 weeks    
 By email, fax, or mail (November to February)  8 to 10 weeks


All business licences expire on 31 December each year. Payment must be received by 31 December.

After 31 December, a late payment penalty is added to the renewal fee. The penalty is 10% of the licence fee or $40.00, whichever is greater.

Exception for contractors operating from an out-of-town location

If you are a contractor with a business operating from an out-of-town business location, then no late fee payment charges will apply if you have not started working in the City for the year being renewed.

However, if you are a contractor with a business operating from a commercial or residential location in Vancouver, then all late fee payment charges will apply -- even if you have not started working in the City for the year.

Cost of a business licence

Licence Bylaw 4450 including business licence fees

Find details for the Licence Bylaw (4450) including Schedules A and B, which list licence fees.

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Contact business licence renewals

Revenue Services
Main Floor, City Hall
453 W 12th Ave

Phone: 604-873-7611

8:30am to 5:00pm
(closed statutory holidays)

Mailing address
Licences and Inspections
Licence Division
453 W 12th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

Fax: 604-871-6394

Last modified: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:23:01

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