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.

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About short-term rentals in Vancouver

Statistics as of January 5, 2023

City staff have opened 9,407 case files (2,656 in 2022), closed 8,992 cases (2,581 in 2022), and pursued the following compliance actions against suspected unauthorized short-term rental units:

active listings in Vancouver*
business licences issued for 2022 (2,136 issued for 2021)
licences flagged for investigations and audits (90 flagged in 2022)
warning letters written (183 written in 2022)
legal orders issued (155 issued in 2022)
listings referred to prosecution (23 referred in 2022)
violation tickets issued (266 issued in 2022)
units identified for inspection (211 identified in 2022)
business licences suspended (280 suspended in 2022)

*Source: Host Compliance


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