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Business Licencing

If you are planning to operate a business in Nanaimo, or are looking for information about existing Nanaimo businesses, this page has links to the resources you need.

Online Services

Apply for a Business Licence / Address Change Online - A new application form is required upon change of business address. Once received your application will then be reviewed for approval. Not sure what licences and permits you need? Check out BizPaL for a checklist of permits from all three levels of government.

Business Licence Search Business Licence Search - Search businesses by keyword
or try the Advanced Business Licence Search

MyCity and MyBills – Register your tax, utility, dog licence, and business licence accounts to view account details and keep track of payment history 24/7. Read more details & instructions.

Inter-Community Business Licence Program

A new program set to commence January 1, 2014, will make doing business easier for mobile businesses operating throughout Central Vancouver Island.

With the introduction of an ICBL program, mobile businesses will have the option of purchasing an additional business licence from their primary location that will permit them to operate in up to twelve Central Vancouver Island communities from Duncan through to Campbell River. The new licence will carry an annual fee of $150.00.

For more information, contact the business licence section to take advantage of this program or refer to "INTER-COMMUNITY BUSINESS LICENCE BYLAW 2013 NO. 7176".

Provisions for the warning of the dangers of Fetal Alcohol spectrum Disorder (FASD)

"BUSINESS LICENCE AMENDMENT BYLAW 2013 NO. 5351.10" will be effective commencing January 1, 2014, at which time all proprietors of liquor–licenced establishments will be required to post signage warning of FASD in specific locations in compliance with Schedule 'G' of "BUSINESS LICENCE AMENDMENT BYLAW 2013 NO. 5351.10".

For more information, contact the business licence section or refer to the bylaw.

Business Licence Resources, Forms and Regulations

Office location

Business Licence Section
Service and Resource Centre
411 Dunsmuir Street

Hours of operation: 8:00am to 4:30pm - Monday to Friday

Email enquiries:
Telephone enquiries: (250) 755-4482

Mailing Address:
455 Wallace Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J6


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