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

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.

Business Licenses

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.

Dog Licenses

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. A licence helps to protect your dog should it go missing because the licence number will lead anyone who finds your dog back to you. To find out more, go to City of Vancouver Animal Control or phone the Vancouver Animal Shelter at 604-871-6888.

Special Occasion Liquor License

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.