Commercial vehicle decals and plates

The City of Vancouver has two types of commercial vehicle permits:

  • BC municipal decal
  • Commercial permit plate

Licensed commercial vehicles 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 (until 12 noon only) while loading or unloading materials and commodities
  • Use a metered parking space without paying on any day up to 10:30am, excluding 7:00am to 9:30am rush hour zones

Renew your plate and decal annually

Decals and plates can be renewed for the following year on 1 November.

Decals are valid in participating municipalities throughout British Columbia.

Apply for a plate and decal

Does your vehicle qualify?

For a vehicle to be licensed as a commercial vehicle, it must be used for the collection or delivery of goods, wares, merchandise, or other commodities in the ordinary course of business.

Vehicles used by businesses for administrative or sales-related tasks are not eligible to be licensed commercially.

The permits you need depend on your vehicle's signage

If your vehicle has: It needs:

Permanent signage that:

  • Includes the business name and address
  • Is on both sides of the vehicle
  • Is no less than 5 cm (2 in) high
  • Is affixed to the vehicle with:
    • High-performance pressure sensitive vinyl
    • Reflective sheeting
    • Painted enamel

Note: Magnetic signage is unsuitable.

  •  BC municipal decal 

No signage

  • BC Municipal decal
  • Commercial permit plate 

Apply with supporting documents

Up to five vehicles

Apply at the Development and Building Services Centre in person.

Bring current ICBC vehicle registration and insurance documents that show the vehicle is being used for commercial or business use.

More than five vehicles

Prepare your application by completing the Commercial Vehicle Fleet Form, below.

Apply with the completed form and photocopies of current ICBC registration and insurance documents for all vehicles:

  • By fax to 604-871-6394 (give a contact name and phone number on your fax cover sheet or form)
  • In person to the Development and Building Services Centre

We will contact you when your decals and commercial permit plates are ready for pickup.

It takes up to one week to process your application

Processing time for commercial vehicle decal and permit plate applications:

  • Up to five vehicles: immediately
  • More than five vehicles: approximately one week 

How to pay

Once your permits are approved, pick up your permits, and pay in person. You may pay by:

  • Cash
  • Cheque or money order (payable to the City of Vancouver)
  • Debit
  • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)

Display your permit correctly

  • Decal: Affix the BC municipal decal on your windshield
  • Plate: Securely fasten the commercial permit plate to the front of your vehicle, or display it on your dashboard

Commercial vehicles - municipal decal prices

Municipal decals are not subject to tax.

Gross vehicle weight  Price 
Up to 2,800 kg  $25.00
2,801-11,800 kg  $30.00
11,801-20,000 kg  $35.00
20,001 kg+  $40.00

Transfer and replacement decal: $6.25

Commercial vehicles - permit plate prices

Prices do not include tax.

Permit type  Price 
Commercial permit and plate  $200.00
Transfer and replacement plate  $10.20

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Where we are until May 20

Enquiry Centre
2nd Floor, East Wing
2675 Yukon Street
Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604-873-7611

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

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

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre

515 West 10th Ave, at Cambie
Ground floor

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

Phone: 604-873-7611

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

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

Relevant bylaws

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

Last modified: Tue, 27 May 2014 15:51:05