Permits, Licences & Regulations

Operating a business in the City of North Vancouver:

Apply for a Business Licence

  • If you are renovating or constructing a new building in the City, you may need to apply for a Building & Development Permit (types of permits include Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Sign Permits)
  • The City has several Bylaws, Policies and Guidelines that regulate specific types of businesses and help inform business owners about their responsibilities, including:
    • Building Bylaw
    • Commercial Vehicle Licence Bylaw
    • Trades Regulation Bylaw
    • Visit the City’s website for a complete list of Bylaws.

Operating a business in the District of North Vancouver:

Apply for a Business Licence

  • If you are renovating or constructing a new building 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:
    • Building Bylaw
    • Visit the District’s website for a complete list of Bylaws and Policies.
Advocacy, Associations & Industry Peers
  • BC Construction Association – The provincial voice for the construction industry providing the latest industry news and extensive resources including:
    • Training
    • Jobs and careers
    • Skilled Workforce Resources
    • Procurement
    • Advocacy
    • Workplace Safety
    • Ethics
    • And more!
  • Red Seal Trades – Designated trades are governed by regulations under the Provincial and Territorial Apprenticeship Acts. These regulations outline the administrative procedures and, in some cases, the standards and conditions of training for specific trades (e.g. methods of registering apprentices, curriculum, accreditation, and certification).
  • Starting Your Own Construction Company’ – This article outlines some of the things you should consider before starting your own construction company.

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