The VSA is given authority to administer the Motor Dealer Act, parts of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act and associated regulations through a delegation agreement with the government of British Columbia. The agreement is supervised by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
The VSA has an eleven-member Board of Directors with six vehicle sales industry appointees, three members of the general public and two government appointees.
Modernizing the regulatory framework for British Columbia motor dealers began in November 1997. As a result, the Automotive Retailers Association, the New Car Dealers Association and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association created the Motor Dealer Standards Association. Based on the success of this organization, the industry associations worked with government to create a new, independent regulatory agency. The VSA was incorporated under the Society Act in July 2003 as the Motor Dealer Council. The name was changed to the Vehicle Sales Authority in 2007.