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Home Based Business Licence

Home based businesses are permitted at all approved residential locations in Burnaby, with the exception of mobile home parks. Your home based business is required to hold a business licence and comply with all bylaw requirements;

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Getting Your Business Licence

Who Needs a Business Licence?

The Zoning Bylaws defines "Home Occupation" as an occupation or profession that is incidental to the use of a dwelling unit for residential purposes, or to the residential use of a lot occupied by a dwelling. 

This includes:

  • The office or studio of a person engaged in business, art, health, crafts or instruction

All businesses in Burnaby require a licence.  More information can be found on our Business Licence page.

Application & Fees

Business licence applications and fees are accepted at the Burnaby Licence Office. Where applications are received electronically, by fax, or by mail, Licence Office staff will contact the applicant regarding their application.

  • Business Licence Application forms may be printed, completed in full and forwarded to the Licence Office with the applicable fees 
  • One Stop Business Registration (OSBR) is a time saving service that also provides for business licence applications, in addition to other government registrations for business.  Licence Office staff will be in contact with applicants who submit their applications in this way
  • Fees are payable by cash, cheque, Interac or you can now pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Per the City of Burnaby Fee Recovery Bylaw 13640; for payments made by credit card a fee of 1.75% will be charged at the time of the transaction to recover the costs the City of Burnaby pays for accepting credit cards as payment.

Home Based Business Licence Fees

First Year Annual Renewal
Home Based Business - Contractor (Cert.) $380.00 $130.00
Home Based Business - Craft $380.00 $80.00
Home Based Business - General $380.00  $130.00 
Home Rental Business - Principal single-family dwelling and related secondary suite $380.00 $130.00


For more information on application and fees, please Contact the Licence Office.
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