Apply for a Business Licence

How to apply for a Business Licence

Step 1: To apply for a Business Licence, complete the Application.

Step 2: See the schedule table below to determine which schedules need to be completed.

Step 3: Complete and save all required schedules and applications.

Step 4: Send all completed schedules and applications to ttaylor@bimbc.ca

Business Licence Application

Application form (all business categories)

Schedule A – Schedule of Fees to determine fee.

Schedule B – Property Owner and Strata Approval

Schedule C – Home-Based Business (including B&B)

Schedule D – B&B and Residential Guest Accommodations

Schedule E – Residential Guest Accomodations

Neighbour Notification – Residential Guest Accommodations

Schedule Requirements and Application Information

 Schedule RequirementsSchedule
 CategoryB*CDE
 Bed and Breakfast $150XXX 
 Commercial $125X   
 Commercial Guest Accommodation $150X   
 Contractor $100**   
 Guest House $150X   
 Home-Based Business – Non-Public Access $25XX  
 Home-Based Business – Public Access $100XX  
 Non-Profit Organization $0X   
 Non-Resident Business $100    
 Residential Guest Accommodation $300X XX

*If premises are rented or within a strata
**If a contractor yard is rented or in a strata

After you submit an application the Business Licence Inspector will email a licence fee notice. Once the licence fee payment has been processed a review of your application will begin. The length of time it takes to process a business licence application is dependant on the licence category, fee payment and the submission of documents.

What type of accommodations do I provide?

  B&B Residential Guest   Accommodations Commercial Guest   Accommodations,   Guest House or Inn
ZoningResidentialResidentialSome Commercial, CD and Park zones
ResidenceOperated by a resident of propertyProperty must be ordinarily occupied by a residentOperator need not reside on the property
KitchenPlug-in, counter-top appliances onlyFull size or built-in appliancesMay provide kitchen, specific to zoning
Days per year365120365
Designated Individual requiredNoYesNo
Business Licence # on  advertisingYesYesNo
Proof of insuranceNoYesNo
Parking space per guest room in addition to dwellingYesYesSpecific to zoning
Limit 2 guests per  bedroomNoYesNo
1 booking at a timeNoYesNo
Max. # of GuestsNoYesNo

Questions? please contact the Business Licence Inspector at: ttaylor@bimbc.ca or 604-947-4255.