**Be advised that City Hall is currently closed to public access**
City Staff are still accepting applications for business licences. Completed applications and submissions can be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 72 hours prior to being entered in the system.
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] 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 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.