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Home Based Business Licence

City Introduces House Rental Business Licence

Starting in October, owners of single- and two-family homes in Burnaby will be asked to fill out a Supplementary Utility Fees Declaration indicating whether or not they are renting out their home or any suite on the property. (Please note: apple device users must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to complete this fillable form. This app is available via the app store.)

For 2020 the new declaration will also address those homeowners who rent out their home, and do not live on the premises. These homeowners will need to pay a House Rental Business Licence. In response to concerns raised by residents about the new fee, on November 4, 2019, City Council proposed amendments to the licence program to reduce the cost of obtaining a house rental licence to $130 annually. This is in line with similar charges in other Metro Vancouver municipalities. There will be no administrative fee for initial signup. These amendments are expected to be finalized in December, with the program taking effect in 2020. 

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.

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 Business - Single- and two-family homes (with or without a suite) that are rented and not occupied by the property owner $130.00
(proposed, pending Council approval)

(proposed, pending Council approval)


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