Short-term rental business licence

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

August 11, 2020:  We continue to monitor short-term rental activity and the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. The public health team at Vancouver Coastal Health leads on all COVID-19 surveillance.

All short-term rental operators must ensure they adhere to the Provincial Health Order for vacation rentals. 

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 within that home, that is rented for less than 30 consecutive days at a time
  • 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

Are our regulations working?
Read our 2020 annual highlights report  (480 KB)

Get or renew a short-term rental business licence

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

Apply for or renew a licence

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What's happeningShort-term Rentals Community Working Group

As part of our ongoing efforts to understand the impact of our short-term rental regulations, our volunteer community working group helps provide ongoing insights on community impacts from short-term rentals.

Learn more about the working group

 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. Review what we've been doing since short-term regulations were introduced

About short-term rentals in Vancouver

Statistics as of June 3, 2021

City staff have opened 6,215 case files (372 in 2021), closed 5,850 cases (756 in 2021), and pursued the following compliance actions against suspected unauthorized short-term rental units:

active listings in Vancouver*
business licences issued for 2021 (2,768 issued for 2020)
licences flagged for investigations and audits (103 flagged in 2021)
warning letters written (184 written in 2021)
legal orders issued (35 issued in 2021)
listings referred to prosecution (10 referred in 2021)
violation tickets issued (74 issued in 2021)
units identified for inspection (66 identified in 2021)
business licences suspended (49 suspended in 2021)

*Source: Host Compliance


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