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Retail & Restaurants

We’ve provided you with several resources to assist you with starting, expanding or relocating your business. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, have questions, or would like to suggest a resource for this industry, – if you don’t see what you need or would like to suggest a resource for other businesses, please contact our Economic Partnership team.

Go to Startup for a comprehensive list of resources available to new businesses in BC.

Go to Industries for an overview of the different sectors in North Vancouver.

Finding a Site
Looking for a new site to expand or relocate your business? Go to Find a Site.
Permits, Licences & Regulations

Operating a business in the City of North Vancouver:

Operating a business in the District of North Vancouver:

  • Apply for a Business Licence
  • If you are renovating or moving into a new space in the District, you may need to apply for a Building or Building-related (Trade) Permit (types of permits include Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Sign Permits)
  • The District has several Bylaws, Policies and Guidelines that regulate specific types of businesses and help inform business owners about their responsibilities, including:
    • Child Care Facilities Business Regulation Bylaw
    • Shops Exemption Bylaw
    • Taxicab Regulation Bylaw
    • Visit the District’s website for a complete list of Bylaws and Policies

Other Permits, Licences & Regulations:

Ecommerce & Distribution
Want to expand your business online? Do you need assistance with building a shopping cart, accepting payments, or shipping at discounted rates? Canada Post provides free business solutions for small, medium and large businesses.
Advocacy, Associations & Industry Peers
Retail Council of Canada – RCC is a strong advocate for retailing in Canada and works with all levels of government and other stakeholders to support employment growth and career opportunities in retail, to promote and sustain retail investments in communities from coast-to-coast, and to enhance consumer choice and industry competitiveness.