If you are conducting business within the District of Squamish, a valid business licence is required. Business is defined as carrying-on of 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. New or temporary businesses, and those that have changed location, changed ownership, or opened a new location; all require a new licence to operate in the District of Squamish.
Business licence operators must visibly display their business licence on the premises. Business licence holders operating a mobile business must carry the licence with them while working in Squamish.
Business operators that are unlicensed and licence holders who do not ensure their sub-contractors and suppliers are licensed are subject to fines for each day the Business Licence Bylaw offence occurs.
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Check out what has changed with the District's 2016 Business Licence Bylaw Update.
The processing time of an application depends on completeness of the application when received and the need for approvals by other departments or other regulatory authorities. These approvals may be in addition to District Development Services and include Provincial agencies such as Vancouver Coastal Health, or other District departments such as Squamish Fire Rescue.
For specific types of businesses, you are required to provide the following proof of certification or authorization (depending on the nature of your business, you may also be required to provide additional documentation):
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Business licences are non-transferrable. If you sell, terminate, change or move your business, please notify the District at 604.815.5014.
Change in business ownership requires a new application and a new fee payment. Any changes in the business, on which the licence fee is based, such as floor area, ground area, number of people, it is required for the operator to notify the District of Squamish to adjust the fee code, as per our business Licence Bylaw No. 2455, 2016 and 2456, 2016. The Change/form is located below and on the Application & Forms under the Home, Land and Property Development page.
There are generally two forms of business licence applications and these can be further categorized by business type.
Resident Business means a business carried on in or from premises within the municipality.
Non-Resident mean a business, other than a resident business, carried on within the municipality, or with respect to which any work or service is performed within the municipality.
Applications are accepted in person, mail, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax 604.815.4954.
Please direct further enquires, please contact Development Services at 604.815.5014.
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Squamish, B.C. V8B 0A3
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