Introducing City of Vancouver’s Guide to Starting a Small Business

Looking to start a business in Vancouver? The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. The City of Vancouver, in partnership with Small Business BC, has launched a Guide to Starting a Small Business resource that gathers all the pertinent info you’ll need in one convenient place.

A Business-Friendly City

As part of Vancouver’s ongoing effort to nurture a business-friendly climate, The Starting a Small Business Guide provides the perfect launch pad for entrepreneurs seeking support. It lists the key resources needed to plan, finance, register, locate, license and operate a business in the city. Here are some of the highlights included:


Do zoning regulations allow your business to operate at the location you’re interested in? Does the space meet building code requirements? Vancouver’s Commercial Renovation Centre can provide the answers to these questions and much more. Visitors can check if they need a permit for the planned work, while browsing the available permits.


Like any other municipality, you need a business licence to operate in Vancouver. Whether your business is commercial, industrial, home-based or out-of-town, the Starting a Small Business Guide explains the basics of the licencing process, how you can apply, and the documents you’ll require on hand to get started.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully launched and now it’s time to start growing your business. The Starting a Small Business Guide enables you to keep your day-to-day operations running smoothly with handy information on waste collection, commercial street parking and road construction maps. Check in periodically to find out the latest info, and download the VanConnect App to quickly report any issues to city on the go.

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