Business Licensing

Business Licence Information

All businesses in the District of Fort St. James (including home-based businesses) must have a business licence.

Business Licence Bylaw

Why should I get a Business Licence?
By obtaining a business licence, you make your business a legal operation (in terms of the District of Fort St. James Licensing Bylaw). Also, many individuals and/or businesses (including the District of Fort St. James) conduct business only with those who hold a valid business licence.

Who is required to have a Business Licence?
“Business” means carrying on a commercial or industrial undertaking of any kind or nature or the providing of professional, personal or other services for the purpose of gain or profit. If what you do fits this definition, and your Business is within the District of Fort St. James, or you live outside the District, and your business (contractor, door to door sales) is conducted within the District of Fort St. James, you are required to hold a Business Licence issued by the District of Fort St. James.

What is the Procedure for Obtaining a Business License?
Business Licence applications may be obtained from the District of Fort St. James or through BC One Stop. The application and fees are to be submitted and the Business License issued, prior to the start of business operation.

Note: A business licence is valid for a six-month term (May through October and November through April). Fees are not prorated.

The business location may be inspected by various inspectors, (ie. Building, Fire and/or Health), depending on the type of business, to ensure the location complies with the safety codes.

When the business has met all the regulations (i.e. Bylaws, Building, Fire and/or Health, etc.) the Business Licence will be issued and mailed.

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