Information for Existing Businesses

The Town of Sidney values each and every business that operates in our unique corner of the world. Our goal is to be as welcoming as possible, with streamlined processes for business owners to keep their information up to date and services running smoothly.

As your business grows and evolves, please keep us up to date on any changes that are relevant to your business licence. Relevant changes include a change in location, business name, or the size/scale of your operation (for example, the number of children for a daycare, or the number of seats in a cafe/restaurant).

There is no fee to update your account. Simply complete the Change of Information web form, and we will update your information and issue a new business licence, if required.

Alternately, you can submit a PDF version of the Change of Information Form by email at, by mail, or in person at Town Hall.


Once issued, there is no fee to renew most business licences in Sidney. However, submission of a renewal form is required.

In November 2022, Council made business licence renewals free of charge permanently. New businesses will now pay a one-time fee upon initial application. As per Section 4.9 of the Business Licence Bylaw, business licences must be renewed annually by completing the renewal form on or before February 28th of each year.

Have questions? Please email or call 250-656-1725.

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. The following is a simple to use and easy to maintain template for Town of Sidney businesses:

If you have any questions about Business Continuity Planning or require assistance in developing your plan, please contact the Sidney Fire Department at 250-656-2121 or

Businesses within the Town of Sidney have the opportunity to work with some incredible organizations that support economic development and business interests in the region. Follow the links below to find out what the Sidney Business Improvement Area and the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce can do to support and grow your business.

If you operate more than one business in Sidney, you’ll need a separate business licence for each location. This applies whether you operate more than one business from a single premise, or whether you run multiple businesses from multiple locations in town. Find more information about business licences on the Business Licence page.

The Town of Sidney values your business, and we’d like to see you stay! But if you wish to close your doors, simply let us know by email at so that we can close your Business Licence account.