To operate a business in West Vancouver, you need a business licence. This also applies to trades—such as builders, plumbers, electricians, and landscape gardeners—coming into the community to perform work.
Home-based businesses can be a great option for sole proprietors, small family businesses and start-ups. Physicians offices are also allowed in duplexes and multi-family complexes.
If you would like to start a home-based business, you need to have a business licence.
Your home-based business cannot have more than two members and you need to be immediate family. Your home-based business needs client parking available onsite. For a complete list of the rules and regulations, please read the Zoning Bylaw.
Not permitted as home-based business
On April 25, 2022, Council adopted amendments to the Zoning Bylaw to allow retail sales from home-based artist studios, and to remove restrictions on home-based beauty salons or barber shops, and real estate office uses.
The following are not permitted as home-based businesses:
orchestra or band training
places of public assembly
retail sales directly from the site
schools or recital areas
stables or kennels for the boarding and breeding of animals
salvage or repair of vehicles
Home offices are regulated by the Zoning Bylaw, section 130.04.
Having a suite in your home can provide many benefits. Multi-generational families can enjoy close proximity and maintain privacy, or you may want to rent it out, providing more housing options within our community and generating income for you.
A street occupancy permit is required whenever any portion of municipal property (i.e., boulevard, sidewalk, roadway, or public lane) is temporarily occupied. Submit an application form with a sketch showing the area of intended occupancy and a copy of an insurance certificate naming the District of West Vancouver as additional insured.
Learn more about dog licences, sign permits and parking permits. Bylaw & Licensing Services provides education and enforcement for municipal bylaws, rules and regulations designed to keep citizens safe.