Renew your business licence

Your business licence expires on December 31 each year

The City sends you a renewal notice in November by email or mail.

Before you renew, check and update your licence information 

Help us keep accurate records and be sure your business follows zoning and licence rules.

  • Changed your phone number or email address?

    Report these changes when you renew, below.

How to renew your business licence

You can renew your licence online, by phone, by mail, and in person.

Online – the fastest way to renew

Pay for your renewal by credit card and print your new licence immediately.

By mail

Pay by cheque or money order (credit card cheques are not accepted) issued to the City of Vancouver. Send your payment and renewal notice to the mailing address on this page.

Receive your new licence by mail:

  • In 2 to 4 weeks if you renew from March to October
  • In 8 to 10 weeks if you renew from November to February 

In person

Pay by cash, debit card, credit card, cheque, or money order (credit card cheques are not accepted). Make cheques and money orders payable to the City of Vancouver. Bring your payment and renewal notice to the location on this page.

 Expect long line-ups at our locations from November to February during our busy times.

Receive your new licence in person.

Restarting your business

Did you close your business licence account:

  • Less than two years ago?

    Contact the Licence Office about reinstating your licence.


A late payment penalty of 10% of the licence fee or $40.00, whichever is greater, applies to all payments received after December 31.

Exception for contractors operating from an out-of-town location

Not sure yet if you're working in the City of Vancouver next year? No problem.

You can renew your business licence after December 31 – once you have work lined up in the City – with no late payment penalty, but only if your business address is outside Vancouver.

Otherwise, if your business address is in Vancouver, then the late payment penalty fee applies even if you have not yet started working in the City for the year.

Contact the business licence offices

Location to pay only:
Revenue Services
Ground Floor, City Hall
453 West 12th Avenue

Phone: 311

Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm

Location to pay and update licence information:
Building and Development Services Centre
Ground Floor
515 West 10th Avenue

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Mailing address:
Revenue Services
PO Box 7878
Vancouver, BC V6B 4E2

Cost of a business licence

Licence Bylaw 4450 including business licence fees

Find details for the Licence Bylaw (4450) including Schedules A and B, which list licence fees.