Sidewalk Vendor Bylaw
The City approved a Sidewalk Vendor Bylaw which supports outdoor patios and vending.
The new Bylaw replaces the Open Streets Pilot Project by introducing specifications for storefront retail and patios and providing certainty by creating a long-term program through regulation. Open Streets was initiated in 2020 and extended to 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The project allowed retail and food and beverage services to extend outside through storefront vending and outdoor patios on private and public space.
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 email@example.com
How to Pay/Renew your Business Licence
- 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 Licensing 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.
Monthly Business Licence Stats
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.
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