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Business Licencing

Business Licences are regulated by the City of Powell River Business Licence Bylaw.  All businesses located or operating in the City of Powell River are required to have a Business Licence.  This includes non-resident business owners or operators whose premises are located outside of the City but who travel (or have their employees travel) to Powell River to conduct business. 
The Development Service Clerk issues Business Licences and ensures compliance of the Business Licencing Bylaw by working closely with Planning, Building and Fire Departments. If a compliance issue arises, the Bylaw Enforcement Officer is then involved.

Applying for a Business Licence:

Business Licence Applications  If you are interested in starting a new business in Powell River you can contact the Licencing Department at 604 485-8614 or in person at City Hall at 6910 Duncan Street. We are open Monday  to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Once received your application will be reviewed for approval.

If you are starting a new business, you must comply with a number of Municipal, Provincial and Federal regulations. The regulations that will apply depend on the type of business you intend to operate. Check out Biz Pal for a checklist of permits from all three levels of Government

Home-Based Business Licence Regulation - Appendix A Home based businesses are a special category regulated by the Zoning Bylaw and require a Business Licence. A home based business is meant to be a smaller business venture that does not operate at such a capacity as to require a commercial premises. This category includes Bed & Breakfast or Home-Based Child Care Centre

Location and Zoning:

Zoning determines what you can use your property for. Prior to applying for a Business Licence, you will need to select a location. Call or visit City Hall to consult with the Licencing Department. Discuss your proposed business operation and the location in which you intend to be situated. Make sure you confirm that your chosen location is appropriately zoned for your business operations before purchasing or leasing property.

Zoning regulations vary in different areas of Powell River and can affect the type of business that you are allowed to operate. Follow this link Zoning Bylaw 2100 for Zoning Bylaw information or call 604 485-8655.

The City of Powell River Sign Bylaw 1945 regulates signs or banners you may use to advertise your business. Follow this link for a Sign Permit Application

If you need more information, contact Licencing.

Information Sheets
Home-Based Business Regulations
Business Licence Listing


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