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 and provide safe vacation rentals

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 2020 annual highlights report  (480 KB)

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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

About short-term rentals in Vancouver

Statistics as of January 6, 2022

City staff have opened 6,751 case files (908 in 2021), closed 6,402 cases (1,308 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 (252 flagged in 2021)
warning letters written (293 written in 2021)
legal orders issued (101 issued in 2021)
listings referred to prosecution (21 referred in 2021)
violation tickets issued (198 issued in 2021)
units identified for inspection (152 identified in 2021)
business licences suspended (131 suspended in 2021)

*Source: Host Compliance
**Business licences for 2022 issued in December 2021 not included


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