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 new 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.
Steps to getting a home-based business licence
Development and Building Services Centre
515 West 10th Avenue
PO Box 7878
Vancouver, BC V6B 4E2