If you want to carry on business within the City you must obtain and pay for a a City Business Licence, provided that this provision shall not apply to any business exempted from the requirement to hold a business licence by operation of any Provincial or Federal Statute or Regulation.

Licences are granted for a one-year period or in special cases a six month seasonal period, to commence on the date of issue.  No licence fee paid hereunder shall be refundable.

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, you can pay online by launching Online Payments.  The link for Business Licence Renewals appears in the menu on the right side of the screen.

Business Licence Approval Process

The applicant completes a business licence application form including the following:

  • Business name & location
  • Mailing address (if different)
  • Owner/operator name
  • Type of business & brief description
  • Provide the fee payment based on the fee schedule in the Bylaw

The application is reviewed by the Community Planning and Development Services Department to determine if the use is permitted under the regulations contained within the City of Campbell River Zoning Bylaw. If the business is not considered a permitted use, it cannot proceed at the specified location and the application will be rejected. If the use is permitted, but other regulations within the Zoning Bylaw cannot be met (i.e. Home Based Business Regulations), again the application will be rejected until compliance is achieved.

Once it is determined that the use is permitted under the Zoning Bylaw, the application is reviewed by the Building and Fire Inspectors and Municipal Planner for their endorsement prior to approval.

Provincial Health Inspections are required for restaurants, daycare centers, hairdressers, etc.

The business licence is then approved and issued once all the requirements are met.

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


Before leasing or purchasing space for your business, check to ensure the zoning of the property is suitable for the type of business you are contemplating.  Home-based businesses must meet the requirements for the Home-Based Business Rules and Regulations contained within the City of Campbell River Zoning Bylaw 3250.

Building Inspection Department

Before a licence can be approved, a building inspector must approve the proposed premises for occupancy. Please note that you may be required to apply for a building permit when you add to an existing building; change the occupancy of an existing building; make interior renovations; make changes to any exits; make additions or changes to the plumbing, fire alarm, or fire sprinkler system. For information on specific requirements of your business plans along with the requirements for making a building permit application, contact a Building Official in the Community Planning and Development Services Department at building@campbellriver.ca or 250-286-5725.

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