Prior to applying for your business licence, we encourage you to take some time to ensure that the location where you want to operate your business is zoned for your business activity. Zoning is a set of rules that limit the activities and buildings that can occur in a certain location. Please visit the zoning approval for your business page for more information on zoning and how to find a location that is zoned for your proposed business activity.
Once you have found a potential location, it is still recommended that you speak with City staff before you sign a lease to confirm whether your business activity is allowed at that location. This due diligence is the responsibility of the business owner as part of making an informed and responsible investment decision.
Even If your business activity is allowed in the zone for your proposed business location, it doesn’t mean your business licence application will automatically be approved. You may still need a development and/or building permits before the City can review your business licence application and render a decision. (see the Permit Requirements tab).
If your business activity is not allowed in the zone, you may need to inquire about applying for a rezoning or select a different location where the zoning allows your business activity.
Rezoning can be a long and complicated process. If you choose to apply for a rezoning we recommend hiring a professional planner.