Different businesses need different business licences in Vancouver

Types of businesses

Any organization doing business in or from Vancouver must have a business licence.

To find out what permits and licences you might need, including provincial and federal, as well as municipal requirements, visit BizPal .

If your business is located outside of Vancouver, but you still conduct business within the city, you will need a Vancouver business licence. For example, you are a plumber with a business address in Surrey, but you routinely work for customers in Vancouver?

Important: Your business and your location

Before you purchase or sign a lease for your business location, check with the Development and Building Services Centre first to make sure that you will be able to conduct your type of business in those premises.

There are different requirements under the Zoning & Development Bylaw and the Building Bylaw for different uses. Each space in a building has its own specified approved use and sometimes the use of that space cannot be changed without an approval or a permit, or both.

Cannabis retail store business licence

Find approved locations, apply to operate a cannabis retail store in Vancouver, and learn how we regulate these types of businesses.

Clothing donation bin

Apply for a clothing donation bin business licence. Review the requirements and how to apply.

Liquor-serving establishments

Because of the social and legal impacts of serving alcohol, restaurants, pubs, and clubs in Vancouver have more licensing requirements.

Home-based business licence

A home-based business is an office in your own home. Read the requirements and apply for a business licence.

Residential rental properties

Get a business licence to rent your residential property. We have 3 licences based on how long you'll rent it and if you live there.

Vehicles for hire

Get the requirements and apply for a vehicles for hire licence to transport people or goods in Vancouver.

Trades and construction

You can get a business licence that allows you to work trades in six cities throughout Metro Vancouver.

Contact the business licence offices

Contact us online

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.

In-person scheduled appointments. Walk-in service and drop-in appointments are not available. 

Development and Building Services Centre
Ground Floor
515 West 10th Avenue

Mailing address:
Revenue Services
PO Box 7878
Vancouver, BC V6B 4E2