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Obtaining a Business Licence is generally a quick and easy process. The timing depends on the complexity of your application. Most often home occupation Business Licences can be issued same day. This page provides all the information you need on obtaining a Business Licence in Sidney.
The Town's Business Licence Bylaw requires that all businesses operating within the Town hold a valid Business Licence, either from the Town of Sidney or an Intermunicipal Business Licence issued from another municipality.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting impact on local businesses, Sidney Council passed a resolution to waive the Town of Sidney Business Licence Fees for existing and new businesses for the 2021 calendar year, provided that businesses update their contact information with the Town.
- Existing businesses can fill out the Town's Contact Update Form to renew their business licence for 2021.
- New businesses setting up their first licence with the Town can follow the process outlined below.
Here is what we will require prior to the issuance of a Business Licence:
- Completed and submitted Business Licence Application Form
- Completed Inspections
- Licence fee paid - waived for 2021
- Island Health approval, if required
- Floor Plans, if required
- Additional information, if required
A list of contacts commonly requested by business licence applicants can be found below.
The completed the Business Licence Application Form can be dropped off in person, emailed, faxed or mailed to the Town's Development Services department. Alternatively, you may wish to use the One Stop Business Registry. Once you complete the registration process through One Stop, a completed Business Licence application will be e-mailed to the Town. Once received, staff will contact you to finalize your Business Licence application details.
The fee for a Business Licence is outlined in the Business Licence Bylaw. Generally, the annual fee is $100 and is based on a calendar year. The Licence fee must be paid prior to the issuance of the Business Licence. The Town accepts debit, cash, cheque or credit card. Licence fees may be paid online by credit card. In order to pay online, you must submit your application to the Town first. Once staff set up your application in our system, we can email you the information to pay online. There is also a drop box at the Town Hall for after-hour payments. Licence fees are prorated quarterly for new applications received during a calendar year. Paid Business Licence fees are non-refundable. As indicated above, Sidney Council has waived the Business Licence Fee for the 2021 calendar year.
Business Continuity Planning
Is your business prepared to continue in the event of an emergency or disaster? Business continuity planning is essential for the survival of a business following a disaster. Visit our Business Continuity Planning page to learn more and to access our Business Continuity Planning Template.