Business Licence Application Information

General information on Business Licence Applications

All applications for licences under this bylaw shall be made to the Inspector on the application form provided for that purpose. There are two types of Businesses, Non-Resident Business and Resident Business. Resident Businesses include Commercial and Home Based.

How to apply for a Business Licence?

Business Licence applications are available from the Planning & Development Services Department located on the lower level of City Hall or available for download.

Applicants are required to:

  • Describe the nature of the proposed business
  • Provide the correct business address and/or mailing address
  • Give the correct number of employees (full and part-time)
  • Provide Provincial Government certificate of qualifications if required
  • Provide payment of the appropriate fee

What is the general fee structure?

Fees vary with the type of business. Those licence fees are set out in the current Licence Bylaw No. 1510. Licence are issued and valid from date of purchase for one year. For more information please contact our Business Licence Desk at (604) 541-2139 during office hours.

Required Approvals

In order to obtain a Business Licence in the City of White Rock, various approvals are required:


Depending on the zoning of the proposed location, your business may or may not be permitted. To determine whether your type of business is permitted in the area you have chosen please contact the Planning and Development Services, Licence Clerk at 604-541-2139 or Planning Technician at 604-541-2108.


To carry on any business, an occupancy approval of the proposed building is required. This may or may not require a Building Permit. You might want to check with Building Inquiries at 604-541-2136 prior to signing a lease.

**It may be necessary to obtain approval from the Health, Fire and/or RCMP departments before your Business Licence can be issued