Business licences

If you are doing business in, or from Nanaimo, you must have a business licence.

Types of business licences

Commercial
Your business being carried on in a building or at property located in an area designated in the City of Nanaimo, as defined in the Zoning bylaw.

Home based
Your business being carried on in a dwelling or building located in a residential area within the City of Nanaimo, as defined in the Zoning bylaw.

Special event
Your event being held in the City of Nanaimo for five (5) or less consecutive days.

Temporary business
Your business being carried on in a building or at property located in an area designated in the City of Nanaimo, as defined in the Zoning Bylaw.

Non resident
Your business being carried on in the City of Nanaimo, but with the business office located outside of Nanaimo.

Inter-community
Your mobile business that holds a business licence in the City of Nanaimo that performs a service or activity within more than one participating municipality by moving from client to client.

How to Apply for a Business Licence

To apply for a business licence, see Getting a Business Licence.

How to Manage your Business Licence information

To manage to update your business licence information, log into your MyCity account.

Search Business Licences

Business Licence Search - Search businesses by keyword

or try the Advanced Business Licence Search

BizPal

Not sure what licences and permits you need? Check out BizPaL for a checklist of permits from all three levels of government.This is not required for a business licence in Nanaimo but might help you organize your permits.

OneStop

The provincial government runs OneStop, a service to simplify and consolidate some provincial and federal business registration requirements.

To register your business on-line, go to http://www.bcbusinessregistry.ca/introduction/index.htm

Nanaimo's Service BC centre also provides a one-stop registration service for the following:

  • Business Name (name search and registration)
  • Goods & Services Tax (GST)
  • Corporate Income Tax
  • Payroll Deductions
  • Import/Export
  • Provincial Sales Tax (PST)
  • Workers' Compensation Board (WCB)

The B.C. Access Centre is located at 460 Selby Street. Contact the B.C. Access Centre at (250) 741-3636 to find out what you need to bring with you. PLEASE NOTE: These business licenses are provided for you to print, fill in and fax, mail, or bring in to the City of Nanaimo Finance Department.

Last updated: August 17, 2017

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