Apply for a Non Resident Business Licence

Businesses operating in Nanaimo are required to have 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 does not guarantee approval of a business licence. Business shall not commence prior to a licence being issued.

  1. Licence fees apply to a calendar year Jan 1st to Dec 31st.
  2. Most licence fees are pro-rated quarterly in the first year of business for new businesses only.
  3. If the licence is approved, licence fees are not refundable.
Inter-Community Licence Required

Mailing Address (if different from business address)

Emergency Contacts

(please provide a complete description of your business operations)

(if applicable)

Number of Employees

Business Premises

Are renovations planned?

(A building permit may be required for the renovations; if you are replacing or adding plumbing fixtures a building permit will be required. 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)
I am aware of Bylaw 5442, which regulates the hours of business between 6:00am and 11:00pm for retail businesses within a specified area (see Bylaw amendment 5442 (section 8.9) of Bylaw 5351 for further details)

Applicant's Acknowledgement

hereby make application for a licence in accordance with the particulars as stated in this application, and declare the information in the application to be true and correct. I undertake to supply to the Licence Inspector all documents, paper or certificates both requested by this division and required by other Federal, Provincial or Local Government Act and Regulations. I undertake to comply with all Bylaws of the City of Nanaimo and all other laws now in force or which may hereafter come into force. I also understand, payment of the business licence fee in advance does not guarantee approval of the licence and I cannot commence business until such time as a business licence has been approved and issued.


Economic Development Section

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

Personal information you provide on this form is collected under the authority of the Community Charter, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) and the Business Licence Bylaw. Your business name, civic address and business telephone number may be released in accordance with FOIPPA. Personal information will only be used by authorized staff to fulfill the purpose for which it was originally collected, or for a use consistent with that purpose. For further information regarding the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information, please contact the Legislative Services Department at 250-755-4405 or at

Mailing Address: City of Nanaimo, Business Licence Department,
455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo BC V9R 5J6
Phone: (250) 755-4482 Fax: (250) 755-4512

Last updated: June 9, 2017

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