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.
You can rent the following:
- One-family dwelling
- Laneway house
- Secondary suite
- 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
Note 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.
Note In-person scheduled appointments. Walk-in service and drop-in appointments are not available.
Development and Building Services Centre
515 West 10th Avenue
PO Box 7878
Vancouver, BC V6B 4E2