Finding a Site

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Permits, Licences & Regulations

Operating a business in the City of North Vancouver:

  • Apply for a Business Licence
  • View the Fire Safety Requirements (Food Vendors and Mobile Trucks. Also view the Fire Bylaw.
  • If you are renovating or moving into a new space 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:
    • Establishing a Child Care Facility
    • Outdoor Dining Guidelines
    • Street Vending Guidelines
    • Automobile Service Stations and Automobile Service Garages Bylaw
    • Cab Regulation Bylaw
    • Commercial Vehicle Licence Bylaw
    • Gasoline Stations Early Closing Bylaw
    • Hotel and Public Building Inspection Bylaw
    • Liquor Licence Bylaw
    • Meat and Fish Bylaw
    • Pet Establishment Bylaw
    • Pool Room Regulations
    • Shops Exemption 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 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

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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.

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