A Business Licence is required if you plan to carry out business within the City of Courtenay.
- Business Licence Bylaw 2523 [PDF - 1.3 MB]
- Business Licence Frequently Asked Questions
- Business Licence Application [PDF - 308 KB]
General Regulations and Application Information
Businesses operating in the City of Courtenay are regulated by the following bylaws and permit requirements:
- The Business Licence Bylaw sets the fees and specific regulations for business types permitted to operate in the City of Courtenay
- The Zoning Bylaw regulates the permitted uses on properties within the City of Courtenay.
- Commercial tenant alterations/improvements (for building and plumbing are regulated by the Building Bylaw and British Columbia Building Code regulations
- 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 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.
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|