Clothing donation bin 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
Note 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
Clothing donation bins:
- Help divert used clothing and textiles from incinerator
- Provide benefits to local charities and those in need
- Support our Greenest City Zero Waste goal
Steps to getting a clothing donation bin business licence
Step 1: Review where a bin can be located
Your clothing donation bin is allowed on private property IF:
- You meet safety requirements
- Have a valid business licence
Locations on City-owned land that are suitable for a donation bin will be identified through our upcoming City-branded donation bin program. More details coming soon.
Step 2: Gather the required insurance, certification, and plans
Before you apply for your business licence, you will need to obtain the following documents:
- A written certification (signed seal from P.Eng.) from a professional engineer registered in BC stating the construction, design, and operation of the donation bin is safe
- Liability insurance
- A completed release and indemnity agreement in favour of the City
- A detailed plan showing the proposed location of donation bins on the lot and a list of donation bin addresses
- A photograph or pictorial and written description of the clothing donation bin
These documents will need to be submitted with your business licence application.
You are responsible for ensuring tidy premises and the safe operations of you donation bin(s) through regularly scheduled maintenance and servicing of the bin(s).
Note All licences will expire each year on December 31. The annual fee in the first year will be pro-rated based on the business start date. Business licence fees are non-taxable.
- One-time, non-refundable application fee: $66
- Annual licensing fee: $171
Review fees for 2023 PDF file (417 KB)
For the official fees, review the business licence fees in Schedule A of the Licence By-law PDF file (380 KB).
How to pay
You can pay for your licence by:
- Cheque or money order (made payable to the City of Vancouver)
- Debit card
- Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
Note We don't accept credit card cheques.
Step 4: Apply for a licence and pay fees
A. Complete checklist and application
B. Submit application
At the time of applying, you will need to provide your:
- Completed application
- Completed checklist
- Required documents
- Fee payment
Development and Building Services Centre
515 West 10th Avenue
PO Box 7878
Vancouver, BC V6B 4E2
Where you can drop off used clothing
Get a complete list of of where you can drop off your used clothing. Search "clothing" using:
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