How do I register my Business if my company has a Virtual Office?

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Registering for the Business License with Virtual Office

This guide will help you complete your application and submit it to the Vancouver Business License office.




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How do I register my Business if my company has a Virtual Office?

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Part 3:

  1. Enter the Virtual Office Address for both location address and Mailing address
  2. Check “Vancouver Commercial/Industrial Premise”


  1. Total #   of regular & part-time employees (including business owner) at business location  – Enter the number of employees that will be working out of this location
  2. Total #    of company &/or employee vehicles at business location    – n/a
  3. Total square footage of business location – n/a  shared office space



Occupancy date of commercial/industrial business location – the start date of your Virtual Office Plan

¨ YES  ¨ NO  Are you sharing space with another company at the commercial/industrial business location? yes


Will you /have you performed any renovations to the commercial/industrial business location? – NO
Building/development permit No.(s).  – n/a (leasing)
Occupancy permit no. – n/a
Total # of coin operated vending machines. – zero
Total # of bank/ATM machines – zero
Restaurants: Total # interior seats. zero
Total # of exterior seats – zero


How to Submit my Business License

All licences will expire each year on December 31. The annual fee in the first year will be pro-rated based on the business start date.

Business license fees are non-taxable.

Type of fee Fee
Application fee for new business licence $56 (non-refundable)
Annual licence fee Depends on business type

To check the licence fee:

·         Phone 3-1-1

·         Read Schedule A of the Licence Bylaw  (380 KB)

How to pay

Pay for your business licence by:

  • Cash
  • Cheque or money order (made payable to the City of Vancouver)
  • Debit card
  • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)

​ Credit card cheques are not accepted.

Hours of operation Location and mailing address Phone Email
·         Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm

·         Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30am to 4:00pm

Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8
·         311

·         Outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000


When you can expect your licence

If all requirements and approval have been met, this is when you can expect to have your business licence issued:

Application delivered Business licence issued
In person Same day
By mail, or email 8 to 10 weeks

If you do not apply in person, we will send you an invoice for the licence fee. Your business licence will be processed after we receive payment for the licence fees.