Starting a Business

Want to start a business in the City of Port Coquitlam? Here are some resources to help you get started.

Is your business use permitted?


Before you lease or buy space for your business, or obtain a business licence, confirm that the property is suitably zoned for your intended use.

  • Check PoCoMAP to determine the property’s zoning, and then check for permitted uses in that zone in the City’s zoning bylaw. The zoning bylaw includes specific regulations for home-based businesses.
  • If you own or plan to buy a space but it is not properly zoned, visit the Rezoning webpage for information.
  • Contact the Planning Division at 604.927.5442 or if you have any questions about permitted uses on a property.
Get help starting your business
  • BizPaL is an online service that tells you what potential permits and licences your business will need from all levels of government.
  • BC’s OneStop Business Registry Services Centre allows registration for business licences and some provincial and federal business registration requirements. Info: 1.877.822.6727.
  • Canada Revenue Agency provides helpful tax information for businesses.
Getting and Renewing a Business

All businesses require a business licence to operate in Port Coquitlam, including temporary, non-resident and home-based businesses. Licences are issued for one calendar year and expire each December 31.

Join a Business Organization
  • Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association (BIA) supports and promotes the interests of businesses and licenced business operators of downtown Port Coquitlam. Membership is free. All business owners and operators who rent or own commercial space within the BIA’s boundaries are automatically members. The BIA hosts the annual Downtown Car Show and takes part in a number of other promotions and activities.
  • Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce supports and promotes businesses in Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody through promotional activities, referrals, networking events, insurance plans, seminars and workshops.
Other Useful Resources
  • Canada Business Network – federal government services and resources for businesses.
  • Small Business BC – a resource centre for products and services for BC entrepreneurs.
  • Small Business Accelerator – curated by professional librarians, providing resources to research a business idea.
  • Innovate BC – Provincial crown agency that connects entrepreneurs to funding, resources, and support. Innovate BC supports all sectors, all over the province. 


Business Licensing Division
Tel  604.927.5238

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)