Approval to obtain a business licence is dependent on:
- Ensuring that the location of your intended premise has the appropriate zoning;
- That the premise has the correct occupancy permit for the desired use;
- That the desired business name does not conflict with an existing business.
You are encouraged to contact City Hall prior to a decision being made on leasing or purchasing a particular premise to ensure you can obtain a business licence for that site. For more information, call 250 954-4650.
Changes to Current Business Licences
The City must be notified of any change to a business, including new ownership, change of mailing address, relocation or closure of the business.
To notify the City of changes to location, mailing address or ownership, please complete and submit the business licence application form indicating the appropriate changes. Businesses should not continue to operate until the City has approved any changes to the licence.
Inter-Community Business Licence
24 municipalities from Campbell River to Sooke participate in the inter-community business licence program which makes obtaining a business licence easier and less costly for businesses which provide services in more than one central Vancouver Island community. This initiative, new in 2014, will save a business from obtaining a separate business licence from each community in which the business wishes to do business or provide services.
Process for Outdoor Seating and Queuing Areas for Restaurants
At this time, the City is temporarily allowing restaurant seating or queuing on public sidewalks and parking lots to help with spacing to meet the physical distancing requirements during the pandemic. Businesses may also use onsite private parking to expand seating. Businesses wishing to expand outdoor seating areas should review the checklist prior to submitting a request.