Business Licences

A Business Licence is required if you plan to carry out business within the City of Courtenay.

General Regulations and Application Information

Businesses operating in the City of Courtenay are regulated by the following bylaws and permit requirements:

  • The Sign Bylaw regulates the number, size, type, form, appearance and location of signs permitted in the City of Courtenay

Submit your Business Licence Application Form [PDF - 390 KB] and payment to the City of Courtenay Development Services Department. Please note that the City only accepts cash, cheque or debit as forms of payment.

Business Licence Frequently Asked Questions

Commercial Locations

For any business that has a commercial location within the City of Courtenay, business owner's are required to provide Development Services with a floor plan and parking stall numbers at the time of application. This allows staff to confirm that the location meets all health and safety regulations as required by City bylaws, Fire and Building Code regulations.

Business Licence Renewal

Renewal notices are mailed out in mid-November of each year to all businesses that possess a current City of Courtenay business licence. Business licence fees are due by the end of February of each year. If a licence is not obtained by the renewal due date, a late payment fee calculated at 25%, for those licences paid on or after March 1, or 50%, for those licences paid on or after June 1, of the annual licence fee will be charged.

If any changes to the business licence are required, changes must be submitted in writing to the City of Courtenay and a $20.00 fee will be charged. It is the responsibility of the licence holder to ensure that all of their mailing and contact information is up to date.

Mobile Food Vending Licence

Food truck and food cart operators may apply to operate on commercial private property or a select number of public sites.

Inter Municipal Business Licence

This licence includes both the Town of Comox and the City of Courtenay and the yearly fee is $150.00.

Inter Community Business Licence

If your business operates in more than one jurisdiction and the business you conduct performs a service in more than one community (by moving from client to client rather than having a client come to a fixed place of business), an InterCommunity Business Licence could be for you. The types of businesses included in the InterCommunity Licencing program, include but are not limited to the following:

  • General Contractors
  • Trades (Plumbers, Electricians, etc.)
  • Cleaning Services
  • Pest Control

This licence includes the following participating municipalities and the yearly fee is $250.00:     

City of Campbell River 250-286-5700
Town of Comox 250-339-2202
Village of Cumberland 250-336-2291
City of Duncan 250-746-6126
Town of Lake Cowichan 250-749-6681
Town of Ladysmith 250-245-6400
City of Nanaimo 250-754-4251
Municipality of North Cowichan 250-746-3100
City of Parksville 250-248-6144
City of Port Alberni 250-723-2146
Town of Qualicum Beach 250-752-6921