What you need to know
If you are taking over an existing business:
- Your new business must be the same type of business as the existing business; for example, an existing restaurant's business licence can only be transferred to a new restaurant
- The business licence can only be transferred once per calendar year
You cannot transfer over a home-based business licence.
Steps to transferring a business licence
Contact the business licence offices
Note Our Licence Office email address has been deactivated. We will no longer be processing emails sent after October 4, 2021, and all correspondence will be through our new online form.
Note In-person scheduled appointments. Walk-in service and drop-in appointments are not available.
Development and Building Services Centre
515 West 10th Avenue
PO Box 7878
Vancouver, BC V6B 4E2