**Be advised that City Hall is currently closed to the public due to covid-19**
City Staff are still accepting applications for business licences. Completed applications and submissions can be sent directly to email@example.com. If you choose to submit a hardcopy application, applications can be brought to City Hall and placed in our drop box or mailed to us. Please be advised that any hardcopy submissions will be held in isolation for at least 24 hours prior to being entered in the system. Please note that payment is due at issuance (not at the application stage); once your application has been entered into our system, an invoice with payment instructions will then be generated and sent to you.
For information on the Province of BC's reguations surrounding health and business operations, please see: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/employers-businesses.
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 Business Licence Bylaw [PDF - 1 MB] 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 Form [PDF - 398 KB] to the City of Courtenay Development Services Department by email or to our drop-box outside of City Hall, located at 830 Cliffe Ave.. Please note that payment is due at issuance (not at the application stage); once your application has been entered into our system, an invoice with payment instructions will then be generated and sent to you. Once you have received an invoice and your licence has been approved, please see our Business Licence Payment Guide [PDF - 428 KB] for making payment.
For any business that has a commercial location within the City of Courtenay, business owners 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.