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Business licensing
Image - business6All businesses, including temporary and home-based businesses, require a valid business licence to operate in Port Coquitlam.

If you are starting a business in Port Coquitlam, visit the Starting a Business page for more information.

Information on this page:


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Important Zoning Information

Prior to opening a business or leasing space, you need to determine if the zoning of the proposed location is suitable for your business.

To verify the zoning for your property, use the PoCoMAP interactive map and check the Zoning Bylaw for permitted uses in the zone.

You can also contact the Planning Division at 604.927.5442 or planning@portcoquitlam.ca for assistance.

What type of licence do you need?

The three types of licences are:

Home-based Businesses

Certain types of businesses may operate from home, with some restrictions.

The Accessory Home Businesses regulations in Section 3 of the Zoning Bylaw restricts the type of business activities that are allowed to operate in a residential neighbourhood (in order to minimize disturbances to surrounding properties), limits the size of the area used for business purposes, and regulates parking and storage impacts.

For more information, download the Home-Based Business Information Package or contact the Bylaw Services staff.

Business Bylaw and Penalties

Review the Business Bylaw for information about business licensing and regulation in the City of Port Coquitlam.

Please note that, based on the bylaw, businesses may be fined up to $100 per day for operating without a valid licence.

Subhead - 2 Application Process

Business licences are issued for one calendar year, January 1 to December 31. Staff will review your application to make sure it is complete and will forward the application to the appropriate City staff for approval.

To apply for a licence, complete an application form and bring it to the Bylaw Services Division at City Hall with the required information and fee (see below).

Applications are available:

Information required to obtain a licence:

Timing

The time required to process a licence application depends on the approvals that are needed (see below). Typically, a licence is issued within four weeks. Bylaw Services staff can update you on the status of your application.

Fees

Business licence fees vary depending on the type of business and are listed in Schedule A of the City’s Business Bylaw. Staff can also advise you on the fee.

Fees are charged on an annual basis, and are non-refundable once a licence has been approved and issued. The licence fee is pro-rated on August 1 for new businesses.

Business licence fees may be paid in cash or by cheque, Interac, Visa and MasterCard. See below for renewal information.

Subhead - 3 Approval and Inspections

The approvals required will depend on the type of business activity, and may include inspections by City staff or approval from Fraser Health. Once all approvals are received, the Business Licence will be mailed to you.

City Inspections

Before your licence is issued, a Building Inspector and Fire Protective Services Inspector will conduct a site inspection. The date and time of this inspection is arranged by the Business licensing staff at the time of your application submission and fee payment.

Building Division Inspection

It is important to note that you may be required to apply for, and receive, a building permit for any modifications required to accommodate your business. A building permit is required when you:

Visit the Building Permits page for information about various types of permits.

If applicable to your project, visit the Build a Structure page for information about permits and other requirements.

You may also contact the Building Division at 604.927.5444 or building@portcoquitlam.ca for information on the specific requirements of your business plans.

Fire Department Inspection

This inspection ensures that your business premises comply with the City’s Fire & Emergency Services Bylaw. Compliance helps to protective lives, property and equipment investments.

For details, review the Fire & Emergency Services inspection webpage or call 604.927.5466.

Fraser Health Authority Approval

Establishments selling food, alcohol and/or cigarettes, beer and wine stores, daycares and beauty services require approval from the Fraser Health Authority. Click for information:

 

Subhead - 4 Renewals

Once you have a business licence, you will automatically receive a renewal notice in the mail in late November of each year. Licence renewals are due by January 1 and can be paid in the following ways:

Ceasing operations

If you stop operating your business, you must contact the Bylaw Services Division in writing or by phone to 604.927.5238. Otherwise, you may continue to receive renewal notices, and may be liable for fees.



Subhead - 5 Maintaining Compliance

If you make certain changes to your business, you may no longer be in compliance with City bylaws or the terms of your business licence.

Contact the Bylaw Services Division at 604.927.5238 or bylawlicensing@portcoquitlam.ca before you:

Contact:
Bylaw Services Division
Tel  604.927.5238
Fax  604.927.5470
Email  bylawlicensing@portcoquitlam.ca
Location and Mailing Address
Main Floor, City Hall, 2580 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam BC V3C 2A8
Business Hours
8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)

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Last Updated:4/1/2016 12:36:07 PM