Licensing your commercial vehicle with a decal and licence plate
To use a vehicle for business purposes in Vancouver and participating BC municipalities , 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:
- Stop in commercial loading zones and lanes for up to 30 minutes to load or unload materials
- Stop in passenger zones for up to 30 minutes (before noon) while loading or unloading goods
- 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)