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Get a long-term rental business licence

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: business licence

October 4, 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
  • Customer enquiries, contact us online

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

To rent a residential property you own for 30 days or more at a time, you need a rental property business licence. Even if you hire a property manager.

Properties you can rent

You can rent the following:

  • One-family dwelling
  • Laneway house
  • Secondary suite
  • Duplex
  • Apartment house
  • Residential/commercial building
  • Multiple conversion dwelling
  • Rooming house
    • If you have 1 or 2 tenants living with you in your house, such as exchange students, you don't need a business licence
    • If you have 3 or more tenants in your house, you need a general business licence

Steps to getting a long-term rental business licence

Contact the business licence offices

Contact us online

Our Licence Office email address has been deactivated. We will no longer be processing emails sent after October 4, 2021, and all correspondence will be through our new online form.

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