Licenses and Permits
Presently, the UNA doesn’t issue any licenses or permits, but some licenses and permits are available either through UBC or through the City of Vancouver.
Building permits are required for new construction or alterations to existing structures, exterior additions, interior finishing, major renovations, and other types of work. Permits are not normally required for such things as the replacement of fixtures or appliances, painting, replacing floor coverings, or the replacement of cabinets and counters in kitchens or bathrooms.
To find out more contact Campus & Community Planning Permits and Inspections at 604-822-2633.
Home Based Business License
All Home-Based Business operators must obtain a business license before opening. If you are already operating a Home-Based Business, you must obtain a business license to continue operating. A Home-Based Business refers to a craft or occupation conducted in a principal residence as an accessory use subordinate to the principle residential use of a dwelling unit. These businesses must only be conducted within the principle building on the site. Home based businesses allow a portion of a residence to be used for a craft and/or occupation for administration purposes only (mailing and telephone).
Commercial Business License
Business licenses are now required for any person to carry on a business. Business licenses are required for commercial office uses, retail or service type commercial activities and home based businesses in a neighbourhood. A Commercial Enterprise means any commercially oriented business or organization. Depending on the nature of your business, the following approvals may be required to obtain a business license at UBC Vancouver – UBC Campus and Community Planning (for Land use, Signage and Building Permits), the Health Department and the Fire Department.
Application for Business License and Fee Schedule
The business license application form and fee schedule is available from the Office of UBC Permits and Inspections, Campus and Community Planning or online at www.planning.ubc.ca. Completed applications along with the appropriate fee will be reviewed by the Permits and Inspections Branch staff.
For more information on Home Based Businesses and Commercial Business Licenses please contact the Permits and Inspections Department.
Permits and Inspections
Campus and Community Planning
The University of British Columbia
2210 West Mall, Vancouver, B.C.
Although the UNA hasn’t yet developed an animal bylaw, it is possible for UNA residents to licence their dogs with the City of Vancouver Animal Services. Lost dogs have a 97% return rate to owners if licensed and receive a “free ride home” once a year. Funding from licensing allows the shelter to care for lost or stray dogs and provide pet adoption services. Licensing helps provide important statistics to manage the need for dog facilities and services in the city, e.g. off-leash dog parks. Licensing allows Animal Control Officers to respond to emergency calls of hurt or lost animals, educate the public and puts your dog on the Emergency Pet Registry so emergency responders know to look for your dog in the case of an emergency or disaster. To find out more, go to Vancouver Animal Services or call 604-873-7000.
A special occasion liquor license is required if you are planning to host an event where liquor will be served or sold. Different sorts of licenses are required for public events, such as fundraisers open to the public, than for private events, such as weddings or birthday parties. To find out more go to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.
For other useful contact information, please check the 2008-2009 Blue Book Reference Guide.