Who Needs a Business Licence?

All businesses operating in Saanich must have a valid Business Licence or a valid Intermunicipal Licence. See our Business Licence Bylaw [PDF - 22 KB]

What is a business?

  • Any commercial or industrial undertaking.
  • Any professional, personal or other services for the purpose of profit or gain.

Why Do I Need a Licence?

A licence ensures that businesses follow important rules.

  • Municipal land use regulations
  • Building and fire codes
  • Health regulations
  • Other relevant community safety requirements. 

Are there consequences for operating a business without a valid business licence?

Yes.  You could be fined up to $200 per day.