Business operating within the City that do not operate out of a local commercially taxed premises are required to obtain an annual business license. A copy of the full consolidated version of the Business License bylaw is available here, or by contacting City Hall. Home Based Businesses and Childcare Centers must also follow the regulations in Sections 4.5 - 4.7 of the Zoning Bylaw, which can be viewed here.
Newly operating business or those who have not previously held a license are required to fill out an application form (available below). A simplified renewal form is available for annual renewals. Business license application and renewal fees can be found under Schedule A of our Business License Bylaw here. There is a $25 discount for renewals made before the deadline of February 28 for most business license types. Online payments may be made following the instructions in this document.
Business License Application Forms
Please note that we do not guarantee same day processing for business license applications. Depending on the application volume and complexity, it may take up to five business days for your application to be reviewed and an approval decision issued.
The annual deadline for license renewals is February 28.