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Get a home-based 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.

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

If you work from your home in the City of Vancouver, you may need a business licence.

A home-based business is a business whose office is located in the owner's home in Vancouver. The primary use of the building is residential, with its secondary use as a home office.

Example of home-based businesses: contractors, gardeners, painters, backyard parking, and some online businesses can be home-based businesses.

Try our online application form

By applying online, you'll be able to:

  • Provide the required details at the start, to avoid delays and clarifications.
  • Track your application status.
  • Receive updates about your application.

Apply online

Steps to getting a home-based business licence

Contact the Licence Office

Contact us online

Appointment required
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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