Licensing your commercial vehicle with a decal and licence plate

New program coming in 2020

There will be new requirements for commercial vehicle permits and decals announced later this fall.

The Commercial Vehicle Licensing program , administered by Union of BC Municipalities, will end as of December 31, 2019.

To use a vehicle for business purposes in Vancouver and participating BC municipalities External website, you need an annual commercial vehicle licence. The licence must be displayed on your vehicle with a decal. If your vehicle has no permanent signage, you also need a commercial vehicle licence plate.

Business purposes means collecting or delivering of goods, wares, merchandise, or other commodities in the ordinary course of business. It doesn't include administrative or sales tasks.

Commercial vehicle licences are valid January 1 to December 31 and can be renewed for the next year starting November 1.

 The licence applies to out-of-province vehicles. It doesn't apply to car-share vehicles.

Benefits of a licence in Vancouver

With a licence, you can:

  1. Stop in commercial loading zones and lanes for up to 30 minutes to load or unload materials
  2. Stop in passenger zones for up to 30 minutes (before noon) while loading or unloading goods
  3. Use a metered parking space for free on any day up to 10:30am, except in morning rush hour zones (7:00am to 9:30am)

Applying for and renewing a licence

Renew your licence for the next year starting on November 1 using the instructions to apply below.


Annual fees for decals range based on gross vehicle weight. If your vehicle needs a licence plate, there is an additional annual fee. The fees are set for decals based on Vehicle Licensing Bylaw 4021, Schedule A  (40 KB) and for licence plates based on Street and Traffic Bylaw 2849, Section 21.6 (797 KB).

Displaying your licence correctly

  • Decals: affix on your front window just below the rear view mirror
  • Licence plates: securely fasten to the front of your vehicle, or display on your dashboard

Decals and licence plates must be visible from the exterior of your vehicle.

Managing your licence

Need to park on the Granville Mall?

Granville Mall commercial parking permit

Access and parking along Granville Street between Hastings and Smithe streets—the Granville Mall area—is not open to general vehicular traffic. Find out if you need a Granville Mall permit to access and park here.

Contact Revenue Services

Revenue Services
Ground Floor, City Hall
453 W 12th Avenue

Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm

Closed holidays

Fax: 604-873-7142


Relevant bylaws

You must licence your commercial vehicle to comply with these regulations.