Please be aware that an occupancy approval is required for all buildings that contain a business operation in the City of White Rock. A change in proposed occupancy, or any commercial improvements, would require a building permit. If you have any questions regarding this process, please check with the Permits Clerk at 604-541-2149.
Please be aware that your application may also be forwarded to the Planning and Development Services Department, the Fire Department, the RCMP, or to Fraser Health for further review and comment. It may also be necessary to obtain approval from the Health, Fire and / or RCMP departments before your Business Licence can be issued.
Sidewalk licenses (e.g. patios) and sign permits may also be required as part of your business. For additional information, please check with the Permits Clerk at 604-541-2149, or through the City's Public Feedback Form system (Planning and Building). Note: Staff strongly recommend sending in an inquiry prior to signing a lease.
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Business Licence applications are available from the Planning & Development Services Department located on the lower level of City Hall. You can also find a copy of the Business Licence application form (PDF).
As part of the application, and at time of application intake, applicants are required to:
Staff will only accept a full and complete application at time of submission at the front counter. Business licences are only valid for one year after the date of issuance.
There are three ways to renew your business licence: through online payment, through mail, and in person at the Planning and Development Services Department.
If payment is received by mail, your business licence will be mailed to you within 7 to 10 business days after receipt of payment.
All business licence fees are set out in Schedule A of the White Rock Business Licence Bylaw 1997, No. 1510 (PDF). Licences 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.
Land use activities, including the operation of business and non-profit organizations, is further regulated by White Rock Zoning Bylaw, 2012, No. 2000 (the “Zoning Bylaw”) (PDF). 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 follow the following instructions:
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to email the Planning Department or call 604-541-2136.
Liquor licencing is regulated by the B.C. Liquor Control and Licencing Branch. If you have questions regarding a proposal that requires consultation from the City of White Rock (new liquor primary licences, patron entertainment endorsement, etc), please contact Planning directly at 604-541-2108 or by emailing Planning and Development.