Every business in the District is required to have a business licence. Before applying, the business must be registered with BC Registry Services.
When an application for a business licence is submitted, approvals from other departments including bylaw, planning, fire, building inspection and, in some cases, Island Health are required.
Inter-municipal Business Licence Program
North Saanich participates in the Greater Victoria Inter-Municipal Business Licence program. This program allows businesses from mobile trades (such as caterers, contractors, towing services) to purchase a business licence that is recognized throughout Greater Victoria. The licence must be purchased from the municipality in which the business is located.
- District of North Saanich
- Town of Sidney
- District of Central Saanich
- District of Saanich
- Town of View Royal
- District of Oak Bay
- City of Colwood
- City of Victoria
- Township of Esquimalt
- City of Langford
- District of Sooke
- District of Highlands
- District of Metchosin
Fee: $100 if paid in January or February. $150 if paid after February
Inter-Community Business Licence Program
North Saanich also participates in the Vancouver Island-wide Inter-Community Business Licence (ICBL), also referred to as Mobile Business Licence program.
This program is intended to streamline and simplify the licensing process making it easier to do business in participating communities. ICBLs allow mobile businesses (such as contractors, caterers and other service providers) to operate across the participating jurisdictions, without having to apply for multiple business licenses.
View the list of participating communities: Provincial Government Mobile Business Licence Program
Zoning and Property Use
When searching for a property for your business, make sure the zoning allows for your type of business before signing a lease or purchasing a property. To view permitted uses for a specific property, use the North Saanich GIS tool to search the address of the property and find the permitted uses within the zoning bylaw.
Whether you lease or own a property, interior and exterior alterations may require one or more building permits. When changing the use of a space, a building permit is required. We encourage you to consult a building official prior to signing a lease or purchasing a property to ensure the improvements are allowable.
See Schedule A of the North Saanich Business Bylaw No. 1349 for licensing fees.
Please note that the District accepts cash, cheque or interac but does not accept credit cards.
- North Saanich Business Bylaw No. 1349
- BC Registry Services
- Island Health
- Mobile Business Licence Program
- Small Business BC
For more information, please contact the Planning and Community Services department.