Business Licences

To make a Business Licence Application

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

Submit your completed Business Licence Application Form - Fillable.pdf [PDF - 878 KB] along with the required submissions to the City of Courtenay Development Services Department by email at or to our drop-box outside of City Hall, located at 830 Cliffe Avenue.

Allow 2-3 weeks from the time of application to issuance.

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 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 [PDF - 283 KB] for making payment.

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

Commercial Locations

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.

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