The City of Vancouver’s Commercial Renovation Centre aims to help new business owners navigate the process for licensing a small business or renovating a commercial tenant space by providing hands-on support related to regulations, permits and procedures.

Launched as a pilot program in October 2016, the focus of the Centre was novice business owners with fewer than five employees. During the pilot phase the Centre worked with 35 businesses. Enterprises which will be helped by this initiative include small schools and fitness centres, coffee shops, restaurants, small performing art spaces and other businesses.

The Centre will provide entrepreneurs with a single point of contact for information, including:

  • access to knowledgeable staff who can provide clear direction around regulations, permits, licensing, and process;
  • timely assessment of project viability;
  • ongoing support from permitting and construction through to occupancy and Business License issuance.

Small businesses are welcome to provide feedback on additional services or support they would like to see the Commercial Renovation Centre provide, and they are also encouraged to provide feedback on their experience. Email

Click here to learn more about the Commercial Renovation Centre or to read the City’s official news article. You can also visit the Building and Development Services Centre at 515 West 10th Avenue and ask for a referral.