Business Licences

To operate a business in West Vancouver, you need a business licence. This also applies to tradesmen—such as builders, plumbers, electricians and landscape gardeners—coming into the community to perform work. New business licence applications received from August 1 to December 31 are pro-rated.

Getting a Business Licence

1. Complete a business licence application.

2. Once you have completed your business licence application, fax, mail or hand-deliver it to the following address:

Bylaw & Licensing Services
750 17th Street
West Vancouver BC V7V 3T3
Fax: 604-925-7451

3. An account will be opened and an invoice will be mailed to you. You can pay this online. Note: If you are in a hurry, let us know when you submit your application and we'll give you the information you need to pay online or by phone.

4. In most cases, an inspection will be required.

  • commercial locations: a licence inspector will contact you to schedule an inspection
  • home-based business locations: a licence inspector will contact you by phone to review the application and an inspection may be booked
  • there is no inspection required for non-resident businesses, such as trades contractors or commercial dog walkers with offices located outside of West Vancouver

5. Once you have passed all necessary inspections, your licence will be issued.

  • a business cannot operate until the business licence has been approved
  • licences are for the calendar year only
  • you will receive a renewal notification in December of each year and you can renew your licence online
  • trades can apply for necessary permits at the time of application
Additional Requirements: Electrical Contractors

If you are an electrical, plumbing or security alarm contractor, you need to provide the following documents before a business licence can be issued:

Electrical Contractors:

  • copy of Trade Qualification Card
  • copy of Field Safety Representative (FSR) Qualification Card
  • copy of driver’s licence
Additional Requirements: Plumbing Contractors

If you are an electrical, plumbing or security alarm contractor, you need to provide the following documents before a business licence can be issued:

Plumbing contractors

  • copy of Trade Qualification Card
  • copy of driver’s licence
Additional Requirements: Security Alarm Workers

If you are an electrical, plumbing or security alarm contractor, you need to provide the following documents before a business licence can be issued:

Security Alarm Workers

  • Security Worker Licence
  • copy of driver’s licence
Maintaining Your Business Licence Account

Business licences cannot be transferred to a new owner.

If you change your address, please notify us. There's no charge for a change of address notification, but your current address is required so we can contact you. If your new location is in West Vancouver, an inspection is required.

If you move your business from West Vancouver, please notify us so we can ensure your account is closed.

Contact

Bylaw & Licensing Services

Email

604-925-7152

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