If you work from home, you may need a business licence. A home-based business is a business whose office is located in the owner's home. The primary use of the building is residential, with its secondary use as a home office.
Example of home-based businesses: contractors, gardeners, painters, and some online businesses can be home-based businesses.
Apply for a licence
You will need a general business licence to have a home-based business.
Contact the business licence offices
Location to pay only:
Ground Floor, City Hall
453 West 12th Avenue
Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm
Location to pay and update licence information:
Development and Building Services Centre
515 West 10th Avenue
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm
8:30am to 4pm
PO Box 7878
Vancouver, BC V6B 4E2
Key resources to to help you start or expand your business in Vancouver.