Business Licensing


BizPal is an Online Business Permits and Licences Service. This service is the result of strong collaboration between the Government of Canada and participating provincial/territorial, and local governments.
This service asks you to answer a short series of questions about the nature and scope of your current or proposed business. Based on your answers, you will be provided with a customized list of potential permits and licences from all levels of government that you may require to operate your business. Please note that all of the information that you provide is done so anonymously and you may save or print your results for future reference

Business License Information

All businesses in the District of Vanderhoof(including home-based businesses) must have a business license.

Why should I get a Business License?

By obtaining a business license, you make your business a legal operation (in terms of the District of Vanderhoof Licensing Bylaw). Also, many individuals and/or businesses (including the District of Vanderhoof) conduct business with only those who hold a valid business license.

Who is required to have a Business License?

A “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 Vanderhoof, or you live outside the District, and your business (contractor, door to door sales) is conducted within the District of Vanderhoof, you are required to hold a Business License issued by the District of Vanderhoof.

What is the Procedure for Obtaining a Business License?

The procedure for obtaining a business license is as follows:

Business License applications may be obtained from the District of Vanderhoof (or you can download an application below). The application and fees are to be submitted and the Business License issued, prior to the start of business operation.

The licensing year is January 1- December 31, but fees are prorated when starting a business after July 31st. A discount fee is available, if the Business License is renewed for the year, prior to January 31st.

The business location is 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 License will be issued and mailed.

Business Licenses & Signage:

Business License Application
Sign Permit Application


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