Short-term rental business licence

Our short-term rental regulations help protect long-term rental housing and allow residents to earn additional income.

All short-term rental operators in Vancouver must have a business licence and include their licence number in all online listings and advertising. 

You must have strata approval and/or your landlord must permit the use of short-term rentals in your home before you apply for a licence.

Are our regulations working? Read our 2021 annual highlights report  (440 KB)

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About short-term rentals in Vancouver

Statistics as of April 4, 2024

City staff have opened 12,321 case files (289 in 2024), closed 11,919 cases (578 in 2024), and pursued the following compliance actions against suspected unauthorized short-term rental units:

active listings in Vancouver*
business licences issued for 2024 (3,122 issued for 2023)
licences flagged for investigations and audits (26 flagged in 2024)
warning letters written (68 written in 2024)
legal orders issued (60 issued in 2024)
listings referred to prosecution (8 referred in 2024)
violation tickets issued (130 issued in 2024)
units identified for inspection (40 identified in 2024)
business licences suspended (65 suspended in 2024)

*Source: Host Compliance

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