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Update information on your business licence account

Need to change the following on your business licence?

  • Business name
  • Trade name
  • Mailing address
  • Business address
  • Licence type

Make your changes in five steps or less. It helps us keep accurate records and it assures your business follows zoning and licence rules.

When you complete the steps, we process your changes:

  • Immediately if you come in person
  • In 4 to 6 weeks if you email or mail them in March to October
  • In 6 to 8 weeks if you email or mail them in November to February

Fees apply to all changes – except for when you change your mailing address.

If this is a change of business ownership, either:

Step 1: Fill out a change of information form

Step 2: Attach supporting documents

Changing your business name and trade name? Attach all supporting documents for your type of name change. Otherwise, go to step 3.

Type of name change Supporting documents required

New incorporated company name

  • A copy of the Certificate of Change of Name issued by the Registrar of Companies

Change from a sole proprietor or partnership to an incorporated company name

  • A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation issued by the Registrar of Companies

Add or remove a partner's name for a partnership

  • Written consent from all parties involved
  • A copy of the picture ID of the new partner (if you add a partner's name)

New trade name

  • None

Step 3: Send your form and any supporting documents

Email, mail, or bring in person your completed form and documents to the Building and Development Services Centre (see the contact on this page).

Your changes will be processed – as long as you meet the requirements

If you come in person, you can pay for the fee. Otherwise, we'll send you an invoice.

Step 4: Get zoning, building, and licence approvals

Changing your business address or licence type? You may need zoning, building, and licence approvals. Otherwise, go to step 5.

Zoning approvals

Do the zoning regulations at the new address allow your business to operate? To find out, contact the Enquiry Centre (see contact on this page). 

Building approvals

Does the building at the new address meet our building regulations? We will review the property records and may require you to get a special inspection or building permit. 

Licence approvals from other agencies

Does your new licence type need approvals to operate from Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority? We will assist you through this approval process.

Step 5: Pay the fees

Fees apply to all changes – except for when you change your mailing address.

Type of change Fee
Business name or trade name $10.00
Mailing address  None 
Business address $22.00
Licence type $10.00

You can pay online, by phone, by mail, or in person. 

Online

Pay by credit card.

Pay online

By phoning 3-1-1

Pay by credit card. Outside Vancouver, phone 604-873-7000.

By mail

Pay by cheque or money order issued to the City of Vancouver. Send your payment to the mailing address on this page.

In person

Pay by credit card, debit card, cheque, money order, or cash. Make cheques and money orders payable to the City of Vancouver. Bring your payment to the office location on this page.

 Expect long line-ups at our office from November to February during our busy times.

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

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More ways to contact us

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about business licences

Location
515 W 10th Avenue, at Cambie
Ground floor

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon

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

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

Fax: 604-871-6394

licenceoffice@vancouver.ca

Last modified: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:36:06

Business Licence Change of Information form