Home > Doing Business > Commercial licences and permits > Your business licence account > Manage your business licence account > Update information on your business licence account

Update information on your business licence account

If you would like to make changes to your existing license, you must complete and submit a Business Licence Change of Information form with payment of the appropriate fee. You will find a link to the form at the bottom of the page.

Changes include any amendments to a:

  • Business name
  • Trade name
  • Address
  • Classification

Change business address to a residential location

If this is a change of business address from a commercial location to a residential location, you will also be required to complete and submit a Home-based Business Licence Application form. You will find a link to the form at the bottom of the page.

Change of business ownership

If this is a change of ownership, you must do one of the following:

  • Apply for a new business licence OR
  • Transfer the business licence from the current licence holder to you

Change of business name

If this is a change Please provide
Of incorporated company name A copy of the Certificate of Change of Name issued by the Registrar of Companies
From a sole proprietor or partnership to an incorporated company name A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation issued by the Registrar of Companies
To add or remove a partner's name for a partnership A written consent from all parties involved and a copy of the picture ID of the new partner (if you are adding a partner's name)
Of business trade name No certificate is required

Change of address or business classification

If this is a change of mailing address, the change of business address fee does not apply.

If this is a change of business address or business classification, various approvals may be required:

  • Zoning

Depending on the zoning of the proposed location, your business may or may not be permitted, or may only be permitted after a Development Permit is obtained. To find out if your type of business is permitted in the chosen location, contact the Enquiry Centre.

  • Building

A review of the property will be provided by staff at the Occupancy / File Research Counter. The review may result in the requirement for a special inspection of the building or a Building Permit.

  • Licence

It may be necessary to obtain other approvals from the Police, Fire, or Health Departments. Staff will assist you with this process.

Timeline

 If all requirements and approvals have been met, this is when you can expect to have your changes processed:

 Form delivered  Changes processed 
 In person  Same day
 By fax, mail, or email (March to October)  2 to 3 weeks    
 By fax, mail, or email (November to February)  6 to 8 weeks

Fees

Item Fee
Request for change of business name or business trade name $10
Request for change of business address under license $22
Request for change in business license category $10

Business Licence Change of Information forms

Business Licence Change of Information form (202.26 KB)
Fill in this form if you need to update the information on your business licence, such as the business name, trade (DBA) name, business address, mailing address, or business type.

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.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

Outside Vancouver:
604-873-7000

Speak your own language

When should you call 9-1-1? Click to find out       Deaf? Have difficulty speaking? Click to learn how to make a TTY call

More ways to contact us

Pay online

You can pay your fee online for the following updates to your business licence:

  • Change of name
  • Change of address
  • Change of business licence type

Pay online

We moved

Visit the Development and Building Services Centre at 515 W 10th Ave for:

  • Development and building enquiries 
  • Pre-booked appointments with planners
  • Trade, tree, and sign permits
  • Minor alteration permits
  • Tenant improvement program permits
  • Property research and building plan copies
  • Commercial parking permits 
  • Courier drop-offs
  • New business licences  

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

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

licenceoffice@vancouver.ca

Last modified: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:32:08

Business Licence Change of Information form