Six Tips for Starting Your Business Off Right
STEP 1: Know the Zoning
Check the zoning where your business will be located to ensure you’re allowed to operate your business in that location.
STEP 2: Make Sure Your Building is "Up to Code"
Make sure the building where you plan to operate is “up to code”. The building must meet Provincial Building Code requirements if you’re planning any renovations to the structure, or changes to the electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Older buildings may also require modifications to bring them up to current Provincial Building code and fire requirements.
STEP 3: Are You Planning a "Change of Use?
The BC Building Code’s Use Classification system determines the requirements that apply for each intended use of a building. A “change of use” occurs when the intended use changes, such as when you convert a retail space into a restaurant. Please check with our Building Department to determine the Building Code requirements that apply to your specific business.
STEP 4: Get Your Permits
Some examples of when permits are required include the removal, installation or relocation of interior walls, windows or doors, or changes to the electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning system or sprinkler system. Signage may also require a permit.
STEP 5: Find Out About Fraser Health Requirements
Does your business require approval from Fraser Health to operate? Food services, daycares and personal services business are just some of the types of businesses that require Fraser Health approval prior to issuance of a business licence from the City. Please contact Fraser Health to discuss their requirements.
STEP 6: Find Out if You're a "Regulated Business”
Check with our Licences & Bylaws Department to see if your business requires approval from a Provincial or Federal regulatory body in order to receive a business licence. Regulated businesses include liquor establishments, pharmacies, motor vehicle dealers, massage therapists and certified trades.