Apply for a new Business Licence

Businesses operating in Nanaimo are required to have and maintain a valid business licence. The information requested in this application is necessary to fully evaluate your request for a business licence. Completion of this form, however, does not guarantee approval of a business licence and business shall not commence until a licence is confirmed.

  1. Licence fees apply to a calendar year January 1st to December 31st.
  2. Most licence fees are prorated quarterly in the first year of business for new businesses only.
  3. Licence fees are not refundable if the licence is approved.

Business Information

Inter-Community Licence required?
Note: This licence allows qualifying mobile businesses to operate in 12 participating central Vancouver Island municipalities without requiring individual business licences. You must have a valid Nanaimo business licence before applying for an Inter-Community Business Licence. The fee is an additional $170 annually.

Ownership and Contacts

(if applicable)

Mailing Address

(if different from business address)

Business Operations

(Please provide a complete description of your business operations.)

Number of People Working in the Business

(including owners)

Business Premises

Are renovations planned?
(A building permit may be required for renovations, including plumbing. Please call 250-755-4429 for further details.)
Is a building permit required?
Do you have a commercial decal?
(Commercial decals are required for business vehicles.)

Economic Development Information

The Economic Development Section collects data about the local economy. The information that you provide is summarized and analyzed by the Economic Development Section to measure trends in the local economy.
Ownership Structure
Type of Business
Do you rent/lease or own your business premises?
Principal Markets
Consent to receive updates

Applicant's Acknowledgement

I/We the undersigned hereby make application for a licence in accordance with the information as stated and declare that the statements are true and correct. I/We undertake, if granted the licence applied for, to comply with each and every obligation contained in the bylaws now in force or which may hereafter come into force in the City. I/We further understand that all business licences expire December 31st and must be renewed each year. I/We understand that every business licence is subject to review at any time and may be suspended or revoked for cause.


Last updated: March 27, 2019

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