Short-term rental business licence requirements

Here's what you need to do before you apply for your licence – and after you get it.

Do you operate a short-term rental?

 Effective September 1, 2018, all short-term rental operators in Vancouver must have a business licence and include their licence number in all online listings and advertising, or they may be subject to fines up to $1,000 per offence.

Before you apply for a licence

Applicant

  •  Ensure the licence application is submitted in the name of the person who will operate it.

 Businesses, societies, and commercial operations are ineligible to operate a short-term rental and should not apply for a short-term rental business licence.

Tenants

  •  Have your landlord's permission.

Strata properties

  •  Make sure your building's strata bylaws allow for short-term rentals.

Building and fire safety

  •  Confirm your home is a legal dwelling unit.
  •  Provide 24-7 contact information.
  •  Post a fire plan at all entrances and exits.
  •  Have interconnected smoke alarms on every floor and in every bedroom.
  •  Have a working and accessible fire extinguisher on every floor.
  •  Have carbon monoxide detectors on every floor if there are gas appliances.
  •  Have a fire alarm in the building if it has more than three dwelling units or 10 occupants.
  •  By January 1, 2023, have an automated sprinkler system or fire separation between units with at least a 45 minute fire-resistance rating, unless a higher resistance rating is required for the building type by the Building Bylaw or Fire Bylaw, if your short-term rental accommodation is attached to another dwelling unit.
  •  Inspect, test annually, and keep related records for smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors.
  •  Review your insurance policies and cover any costs or damages that come from operating your short-term rental business.

After you get your licence

Be a good neighbour

Marketing and booking

  •  Market only with a valid licence, whether or not your ad results in bookings.
  •  Clearly indicate your licence number for your short-term rental accommodation in all of your marketing
  •  Allow only one confirmed reservation at a time.
  •  Post a paper copy of your licence in your short-term rental accommodation.

Inspection and audit

  •  Provide access to your short-term rental accommodation for us to inspect, upon request, at any reasonable hour.
  •  Understand that we may audit your licence and request evidence that supports the information in your licence application.
  •  Provide records showing fire safety inspections and maintenance, if we request them.