Short-term rental business licence

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.

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

A short-term rental can be an entire home, or a room with that home, that is rented for less than 30 consecutive days at a time.

A short-term rental can only be operated from your principal residence – the home where you live, as an owner or tenant, and use for bills, identification, taxes, and insurance.

Short-term rentals are only permitted in secondary homes or basements suites if the operator lives there full time.

All short-term rental operators must have a valid business licence and include it in all online listings and advertisements.

Your strata bylaws or landlord must permit the use of short-term rentals in your home before you apply for a licence.

Non-compliance may result in fines of up to $1,000 per offence.

Apply for a short-term rental business licence

Step 1: 
Check you're eligible to apply

Try the quiz

Step 2:
Meet the licence requirements

Get the checklist

Step 3:
Apply online

Apply now

Be a responsible operator

Download our handbook PDF file (300 KB)

What about the Empty Homes Tax?

Short-term rentals aren't allowed in homes that pay the tax.

The tax applies to homes that aren't the owner’s principal residence, or that aren't rented long-term. 

More on Empty Homes Tax

Why short-term rentals are allowed in Vancouver

Vancouver is facing a housing affordability crisis. We want residents to stay, live, and build a future in Vancouver. As part of the Housing Vancouver Strategy, our short-term rental regulations:

  • Protect existing long-term rental housing and return more long-term rental housing to the market
  • Allow residents to use their principal residence to earn additional income to offset their housing costs
  • Provide safe and healthy accommodation options to support our tourism industry
  • Helps us respond to any concerns with noise, garbage, parking, and safety
  • Permit us to enforce against commercial and illegal operators who are using long-term rental homes as short-term rentals

Enforcing the rules

We are actively working to ensure all short-term rental operators across Vancouver are in compliance with our new regulations. Operators may be fined up to $1,000 per offence or be subject to legal action for:

  • Operating without a valid business licence
  • Listing or advertising a short-term rental without displaying a valid business licence
  • Operating a short-term rental in a home that is not their principal residence
  • Operating a commercial short-term rental
  • Operating in an unsafe or nuisance property

Commercial operators and those with repeat offences may be subject to prosecution and face fines of up to $10,000.

Report an issue

Is the short-term rental:

  • Operating without a licence?
  • Not used as a principal residence?
  • Not allowed by a landlord or strata?
  • Unsafe?
  • Making a nuisance?

Tell us now

The fine to list a short-term rental without a valid license is $1,000 per offence.


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