Any person owning or operating a business within the City of Powell River must obtain a Business Licence. This applies to all retail and commercial establishments, management and professional firms, home-based businesses, and recreational cannabis retailers. Non-resident business owners or operators whose premises are located outside of the City, but conduct business in Powell River, are also required to have a Business Licence.
Business Licences are issued annually.
The Building Department administers the following:
Processing building permits,
Building inspections, and
Processing permits for signage and façade changes.
Please visit the Business Licence Application page for the relevant application forms.
Business owners are required to notify the City of Powell River of any changes to their business licence, such as new owners or a new address.
The City issues a business licence when the applicant can demonstrate compliance with several City departments’ regulations, including building and fire safety requirements. Regulations vary by type of business being conducted.
The Zoning Bylaw regulates which business activities are permitted in each zone. You need to have a location for your business selected before you can apply for a Business Licence. Feel free to call or visit City Hall to confirm that your chosen location is appropriately zoned for your business operations before purchasing or leasing the site.
If you are starting a new business, you must comply with a number of Municipal, Provincial and Federal regulations. The regulations that will apply depend on the type of business you intend to operate. Check out Biz Pal for a checklist of permits from all three levels of Government.