All businesses operating on Bowen Island need a business licence. This applies to commercial, home-based, non-profit and contractor businesses. This also applies to off-island businesses that are coming into the community to perform work.
A business licensing program ensures that the Municipality’s land use regulations, building and fire codes and other community health and safety requirements are followed by local businesses. It also assists in collecting important statistics about local businesses to help understand trends that impact municipal policy decisions. It will help the Municipality better understand the economy of Bowen Island, allowing for better planning, and enabling support for Bowen Island businesses.
Types of businesses that need a licence
- Commercial businesses such as grocery stores, restaurants, retail stores and farm stores
- Home-based businesses such as hair salons, accountants and craftsperson workshops (note, there are different fees for home-based businesses, depending on whether the business has hours open to the public)
- Non-profit organizations (no fee required)
- Off-island businesses that are performing work on Bowen Island
- Bed & Breakfast accommodations – each rental period is less than 30 days, in part of a residence without a kitchen
- Residential Guest Accommodation – in use less than 120 days a year and each rental period is less than 30 days occupying an entire residence
- Commercial Accommodation – in use more than 120 days a year such as an inn, retreat centre, guest house
Types of businesses that do not need a licence
- Yard or garage sales
- Buskers or street entertainers
- Vendors selling goods at a farmer’s market or craft fair that is already licensed
- Off-island businesses that are delivering or selling goods to merchants who are reselling the goods on Bowen Island
- The long term rental of single family homes that are subject to the Residential Tenancy Act
Please review Business Licence Bylaw No. 465, 2018 for the definitions of businesses that do and do not require a licence.
Not sure if your business requires a licence? Please contact the Business Licence Inspector at 604-947-4255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information on this page is a simplified guide to the business licensing program. Please review Business Licence Bylaw No. 465, 2018 for more detail about the regulations.