Licensing your commercial vehicle with a decal and licence plate

To use a vehicle for business purposes in Vancouver and participating BC municipalities External website, you need an annual commercial vehicle licence. The licence must be displayed on your vehicle with a decal. If your vehicle has no permanent signage, you also need a commercial vehicle licence plate.

Business purposes means collecting or delivering of goods, wares, merchandise, or other commodities in the ordinary course of business. It doesn't include administrative or sales tasks.

Commercial vehicle licences are valid January 1 to December 31 and can be renewed for the next year starting November 1.

 The licence applies to out-of-province vehicles. It doesn't apply to car-share vehicles.

Benefits of a licence in Vancouver

With a licence, you can:

  1. Stop in commercial loading zones and lanes for up to 30 minutes to load or unload materials
  2. Stop in passenger zones for up to 30 minutes (before noon) while loading or unloading goods
  3. Use a metered parking space for free on any day up to 10:30am, except in morning rush hour zones (7:00am to 9:30am)

Applying for and renewing a licence

Renew your licence for the next year starting on November 1 using the instructions to apply below.

Do you need a decal, or a decal and licence plate?

Apply for up to five vehicles

Apply for six or more vehicles

How to pay


Annual fees for decals range based on gross vehicle weight. If your vehicle needs a licence plate, there is an additional annual fee.


Licence plates

Displaying your licence correctly

  • Decals: affix on your front window just below the rear view mirror
  • Licence plates: securely fasten to the front of your vehicle, or display on your dashboard

Decals and licence plates must be visible from the exterior of your vehicle.

Managing your licence

Replacing a damaged decal or plate

Replacing a lost decal or plate

Changing vehicles

Cancelling your licence

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Contact Revenue Services

Revenue Services
Ground Floor, City Hall
453 W 12th Avenue

Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm

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Fax: 604-873-7142


Relevant bylaws

You must licence your commercial vehicle to comply with these regulations.