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 November 1.

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

 Magnetic signage is unsuitable.

  •  BC municipal decal 

No signage

  • BC Municipal decal
  • Commercial permit plate 

Apply with supporting documents

Up to five vehicles

Apply to Revenue Services in person (see contact on this page).

Bring current ICBC vehicle insurance (first page only) that shows the vehicle is being used for commercial or business use.

Your application will be processed immediately.

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 604-873-7142 (provide a contact name and phone number on the cover sheet)
  • In person to Revenue Services (see contact on this page)

Your application will be processed in about one week. We will contact you when your decals and commercial permit plates are ready for pickup.

How to pay

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

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

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


BC municipal decals

Tax is not charged.

Item  Fee
New decal: Up to 2,800 kg gross vehicle weight $25.00
New decal: 2,801 kg – 11,800 kg gross vehicle weight $30.00
New decal: 11,801 kg – 20,000 kg gross vehicle weight $35.00
New decal: 20,001 kg and over gross vehicle weight $40.00
Transfer and replacement decal   $6.25

Commercial permit plates

Prices do not include tax.

Item Fee
New commercial permit and plate  $200.00
Transfer and replacement plate  $10.72

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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

Closed holidays

Fax: 604-873-7142


Relevant bylaws

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

Last modified: Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:08:03