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Get a business licence

Businesses not allowed in Vancouver

A person cannot apply for a licence for any business described in Schedule A of the Businesses Prohibition Bylaw.

If you want to have a business in the City of Vancouver, you need a business licence. 

Business owners are required to get a business licence, but not employees.

Types of businesses that require a business licence:

  • Commercial and industrial business: A business based within a building located in a commercial or industrial area of the City of Vancouver as defined in the Zoning and Development Bylaw
  • Home-based business: A business based in a dwelling located in a residential area in the City of Vancouver as defined in the Zoning and Development Bylaw
  • Out-of-town business: A business being carried on in the City of Vancouver, but with the business office located outside of Vancouver

How to apply

Step 1 - Contact us

If you are applying for a commercial business licence, please call us first to determine what type of licence you should apply for.

Phone 311

Outisde Vancouver?
Phone: 604-873-7000

Step 2 - Apply

  • Fill out the appropriate business licence application form.
  • Get the documents you need to complete your business licence application.

Step 3 - Submit

Submit, either in person, email, or mail, your:

  • Application
  • Required documents
  • Application fee

Application forms

Documents to include with your application

What approvals you may need before you get your licence

Fees and payments

How to contact us

When you can expect your licence

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