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. New business licence applications received from August 1 to December 31 are pro-rated.
Renew a business licence
The deadline to renew your business licence is January 31.
Your business licence can be renewed online. myDistrict is a convenient way for residents to view information about their utilities, taxes, business licences, and dog licences—all in one place.
Once you’ve registered, you can:
- view your current and past bills
- view your account history
- learn how to make a payment online
Apply for a Business Licence
- Complete an application form.
- Once you have completed your business licence application, mail, hand-deliver, or email it to us:
Bylaw & Licensing Services
750 17th Street
West Vancouver BC V7V 3T3
- 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.
- 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
- 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
If you are an electrical, plumbing or security alarm contractor, you need to provide the following documents before a business licence can be issued.
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.