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Get a home-based 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 licenceoffice@vancouver.ca

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

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.

Apply for a general business licence (92.21 KB)

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

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