Operation of a business within the City requires a valid business licence; unless exempted by provincial or federal legislation.

To apply, please completely fill out the Business Licence Application. Submit digitally as an email attachment to business.licence@campbellriver.ca

Any person carrying on more than one business shall obtain and pay for a separate business licence for each and every such business.

If you are renewing your licence, payment options include online with a credit card, by mail with a cheque, or in-person with cheque, cash, or debit. Please note that the annual renewal date is February 27th of each year.

Business Licence Approval Process

The applicant submits a completed Business Licence Application, including all of the following:

  • Business name and business location
  • Mailing address
  • Owner/operator name
  • Type of business and brief description
  • Provide the fee payment based on the fee schedule in the Bylaw

The application is reviewed by City Staff to determine if the use is permitted by, and meets all requirements of, the City of Campbell's River Zoning Bylaw. If the business is not a permitted use for the area, it cannot proceed at the specified location.

Once it is determined that the use is permitted under the Zoning Bylaw, the application is reviewed by  Building and Fire Inspectors for their endorsement prior to approval by the Business Licence Inspector. This may require an on-site inspection.

Vancouver Island Health Authority approval may be required for businesses such as restaurants, daycare centers, hairdressers, etc.

Processing time depends largely on the complexity of the business proposal and the ability of the applicant to meet licencing requirements.