Apply for or renew a short-term rental business licence

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

The Business Licence Offices are currently closed for in-person visits. Use email, mail, or online services (if available):

  • Submit your business licence application by mail or email 
  • Renew your business licence online
  • Customers enquiries, email

Processing times are currently delayed. We will contact you with questions or next steps once we have processed your request.

Get support for your local business

Where you can and cannot have a short-term rental:


  • Your principal residence, which is the home where you live
  • Secondary homes or basements suites if the operator lives there full-time

Not permitted:

  • In accessory buildings (like a garage or art studio) or in Rental 100 buildings
  • Homes that pay the Empty Homes Tax (The tax applies to homes that aren't the owner’s principal residence, or that aren't rented long-term.)

Steps to getting a licence

Renew your licence

Ensure you renew your existing short-term business licence for 2021 and update all your online listings with your new licence number.

The 2021 licence fee is $99. A fee of $40 will be added to late renewals (this applies to all business licences).

To renew, you will need your account number listed on your renewal notice (distributed in the middle of November).

Renew your licence


 All short-term rental operators in Vancouver must have a business licence and include their licence number in all online listings and advertising, or they may be subject to fines up to $1,000 per offence.

Steps to getting a short-term rental business licence

Have more questions?

Use our online form to ask a question about short-term rentals.

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Contact the business licence offices

Location to update licence information:
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground Floor
515 West 10th Avenue

Mailing address:
Revenue Services
PO Box 7878
Vancouver, BC V6B 4E2