Tax and Franchise Information


Most city taxes are not paid directly by the consumer; they are company taxes.

For a complete description see the Vancouver Municipal Code (VMC).

  • Business & Occupation (B&O) tax: None. Vancouver eliminated its B&O tax as of January 1, 2002.
  • Cable Television: Franchise fee required. This is not a tax.
  • Gambling: Tax required
  • Bingo, Raffles and Amusement Games: Tax required
  • Punchboards & Pull-tabs: Tax required
  • Telephone Business for Hire: License and tax required
  • Natural Gas Companies: License and tax required
  • Water-Sewer Department Gross Receipts Tax: Tax required
  • Electricity Tax: Tax required
  • Sales and Use Tax: Tax required
  • Lodging Tax: Tax required


Brian Fabian