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Home Based Business Licence

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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;

Home based business

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 
  • 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
  • House Rental Licence Application form may be emailed, or printed and completed and forwarded to the Licence Office.
  • Supplementary Utility Fees Declaration must be filled out to indicate whether or not a home or suite on the property is being rented out
  • Tips: Download the forms to your device if you are having difficulties completing them in your web browser. Install Adobe Acrobat Reader or download the app on your device to complete these fillable forms.

Once the Licence Office has reviewed your application for completeness, you will be contacted and advised of the applicable fee. 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 
House Rental Licence - Single- and two-family homes (with or without a suite) that are rented and not occupied by the property owner $130.00



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