Licenses, Permits, and Bylaws
Businesses operating in the Tri-Cities must be properly registered with both the Province of BC and the city in which they reside. They must also make sure that their desired business name isn’t already in use in British Columbia. The type of license that a business requires depends on the type of the business in question. There are licenses available for both permanent and temporary businesses operating across the Tri-Cities.
For more information on registering your business with the Province of BC, you can refer to the OneStop Business Registry, a government website that provides step-by-step instructions and links to assist business owners in the provincial business licensing process.
Intermunicipal Business Licenses
The Tri-Cities Mobile Business Licence (also known as an Intermunicipal Business License) is a new licence allowing mobile businesses based in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody to obtain an add-on to their business licence from their principal municipality and operate legally in the other two Tri-Cities municipalities.
A mobile business is a business that has a location, shop, office or home-base in either Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam or Port Moody and delivers its services by moving from client to client throughout the Tri-Cities.
Please contact your municipality’s business licence office for more information.
Find your municipality
At this point, you need to be wary of the myriad federal, provincial, and municipal permits that you need to obtain in order to function legally in Canada.
For this task, the Province of British Columbia offers BizPal, a free online service that quickly assists you in identifying every permit that you could potentially require based on your new business’s location and type of operation.
Bylaws are rules that solely apply to the communities in which they are created. They help smaller communities regulate themselves in ways that a provincial or federal government wouldn’t think to do. As an entrepreneur, you’ll want to make sure that you’re correctly following the bylaws relevant to your city of operation. Click the links below to bring up lists of commonly accessed bylaws for each of the Tri-Cities.