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Get a long-term rental 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

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

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