Business Licensing

The City of Castlegar welcomes you to do business with us. Any person wishing to start, expand, or relocate a business within the City of Castlegar must obtain a business licence. A Business is defined as the carrying on of a commercial or industrial undertaking of any kind or nature or the providing of professional, personal or other services for the purpose of gain or profit. Please email your completed Business Licence Application to 

Download a Business Licence Application

How to Pay/Renew your Business Licence
  • Pay By Credit Card [Online Only]-Pay your Business Licence by credit card. Please note there is a 2.5% user fee for credit card transactions charged by PAYTM. Pay By Credit Card Here
  • Pay Online Through Your Bank - Login to your online banking. Add a payee, choose the City of Castlegar Business Licence (if available) and enter your Business Licence number to make a payment. 
  • Send a Cheque in the Mail - Include the bottom portion of your Business Licence invoice and mail to City Hall at 460 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, BC  V1N 1G7.
  • Bring Your Invoice to City Hall - Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed daily  from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pay via cash, cheque or debit.

We are a member of the West Kootenay Inter-Community Business Licencing program which is directed to those businesses that are mobile and may conduct business within several of our communities. The fee for an intercommunity business licence is $100.00 and is separate and additional to any municipal business licence fee, which may be required.

Download a Inter-Community Business Licence Application. 

New Fee Structure Changes 

The City of Castlegar has recently adopted Business Licence Bylaw 1337. The new fee structure associated with Bylaw 1337 can be viewed here.

Existing 2021 Business Licence renewals will be based on the former bylaw and will not see a fee change until 2022. Please be made aware that all new Business Licence Applications will fall under the new fee structure.   

Mobile Food & Retail Vending Guidelines

The City of Castlegar encourages the use of the public realm for outdoor mobile food and retail vending to activate underutilized City streets and public spaces to create places for creative and social activities. Please see attached Mobile Vending Guidelines.

Fire Inspections 

The Castlegar Fire Department is dedicated to improving the overall safety of businesses within our community. This brochure will assist you with the Fire Department portion of your business licence application. Every business in our community is required to operate with a valid business licence in accordance with the City of Castlegar bylaws, the BC Fire Code, and the Fire Services Ac



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Business Licencing Bylaw 1337
Bylaw1337-Business-Licencing.pdf [287 KB]
Last Changed: Sep 03, 2021 09:34am
Business Licence Application
Business-Licence-Application.pdf [106 KB]
Last Changed: May 07, 2021 10:17am
Inter-Community Business Licence Application
Business-Licence-Application.pdf [106 KB]
Last Changed: May 07, 2021 10:17am
Fire Inspection Requirements
City-of-Castlegar-Business-Licence-Fire-Inspections-Requirment.pdf [1.9 MB]
Last Changed: Jan 20, 2021 04:04pm
Guidelines for Home Occupations
NEW-Home-Occupation-Guidelines.pdf [68 KB]
Last Changed: Jan 20, 2021 01:10pm
Guidelines for Mobile Food and Retail Vending
NEW-Mobile-Food-Retail-Vending-Guidelines.pdf [119 KB]
Last Changed: Jan 20, 2021 01:11pm
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Castlegar City Hall,
460 Columbia Avenue
Castlegar, B.C.
V1N 1G7
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