If you own a residential property with the intent of renting or leasing it for rental income, you need to have a rental property business licence – even if the property is being managed by a property management company.
Each residential tenancy must be at least 30 days. Renting your property for fewer than 30 days at a time is only allowed in a licenced bed and breakfast, where you live on site while you host guests and you provide breakfast.
Rental properties may include:
A business licence is not required to have a homestay or a maximum of two boarders or renters in a residence.
If you have more than two boarders or renters in your home, you need to have a general business licence (pay the fee for a rooming house).
Homestays, boarders, and renters in your home must stay a minimum of 30 days unless you are licenced as a bed and breakfast.
Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm
8:30am to 4:00pm
Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon
Fees are listed here for convenience only. For official fees, see License Bylaw No. 4450 Schedule A and B.
|Type of rental property||Fee||Licence term|
|Apartment house||$68.00||Per year, per dwelling unit, not including units occupied by the owner of the premises or dwelling units that are leased for 99 years or more and the lessee is eligible for and has received the Provincial Home Owner Grant for the preceding year|
|Duplex||$66.00||Per year for each dwelling unit not including units occupied by the owner of the premises|
|Dwelling units that a person rents, intends to rent, or customarily rents to a tenant except for units for which a fee is payable under another part of the Bylaw Schedule A||$66.00||Per year|
|Multiple conversion dwelling – dwelling units||$66.00||Per year unit, not including units occupied by the owner of the premises|
|Multiple conversion dwelling – housekeeping units||$49.00||Per year unit, not including units occupied by the owner of the premises|
|Multiple conversion dwelling – sleeping units||$33.00||Per year unit, not including units occupied by the owner of the premises|
|One-family dwelling which is leased to and occupied by persons other than the building’s owner||$66.00||Per year|
|Residential rental unit||$66.00||Per year|
|Rooming house||$33.00||Per year, per sleeping unit not including units occupied by the owner of the premises.|
Find details for the Licence Bylaw (4450) including Schedules A and B, which list licence fees.
Zoning regulations do not currently allow rentals for fewer than 30 days. We are reviewing the regulations and impacts of short-term rentals like Airbnb.
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A Bed and Breakfast is temporary accomodation that is provided by a homeowner from within a residence. Find out what you need to do to have a Bed and Breakfast in Vancouver.