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Get a home-based business licence

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: business licence

September 3, 2021: Access to the Business Licence Office is by appointment only. Walk-in service and drop-in appointments are not available.

To help process your applications more quickly, we have moved to a digital approach for applications, enquiries, and payments:

  • Submit your business licence application by mail or email 
  • Renew your business licence online
  • Customers enquiries, email licenceoffice@vancouver.ca  
    ( The licenceoffice@vancouver.ca inbox will close permanently on October 31, 2021, and will be replaced by an online form on October 4, 2021.)

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, backyard parking, 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

In-person scheduled appointments. Walk-in service and drop-in appointments are not available. 

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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