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Business licences and permits

We issue about 50,000 business licenses and 100,000 permits every year. These cover everything from busking to home-based businesses to large multinational organizations, and industries ranging from entertainment to high-tech to tourism to finance.

Starting a small business

Key resources to help you plan, finance, register, locate, license, and operate your business in Vancouver.

Business licences

Get information on the types of business licences you can apply for, and how to apply for, cancel, and manage your business licence account.

Permits for businesses

Along with a business licence, you might need additional permits for the type of business you want to conduct in Vancouver.

Event permits private property

Get a temporary event licence and permit; including permits for buskers, weddings, dances, and more.

Special events on public property

Your special event may require a number of permits, depending on the location, type of event, and more.

Film permits

Filming a movie, TV show, documentary, and more requires permits. Find out how to get a permit, the fees required, and more.

Advertising on City property

Information about advertising and promoting your organization or business on City of Vancouver property.