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Apply for or renew a short-term rental business licence

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

Permitted:

  • 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 2020 and update all your online listings with your new licence number.

The 2020 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). If you're not sure of the number, call 3-1-1.

Renew your licence

Handbook

 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

Contact us about business licences

Location and mailing address 
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

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

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

See when your queue number is called

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

licenceoffice@vancouver.ca

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