Apply for or renew a short-term rental business licence

Processing of applications

Access to the Business Licence Office is by appointment only. Walk-in service and drop-in appointments are not available.

To help process your applications more quickly, we have moved to a digital approach for applications, enquiries, and payments:

  • Submit your business licence application by mail or email 
  • Renew your business licence online
  • Customer enquiries, contact us online

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

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Renew your licence

Ensure you renew your existing short-term business licence ever year, and update all your online listings with your new licence number.


  • The 2021 licence fee is $99.
  • The 2022 licence fee is $104.
  • 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 December).

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.

Did you know that long-term rental stays of more than 30 days or more are allowed to be advertised online and rented through online platforms? Apply for a long-term rental business licence

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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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