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Get a home-based business licence

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

Business licences

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

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 pay only:
Revenue Services
Ground Floor, City Hall
453 West 12th Avenue

Phone: 3-1-1

Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm

Location to pay and update licence information:
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground Floor
515 West 10th Avenue

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

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4pm

Mailing address:
Revenue Services
PO Box 7878
Vancouver, BC V6B 4E2

Starting or expanding a small business

Key resources to to help you start or expand your business in Vancouver.