Licence to Thrive
Any person planning to operate a business or a commercial activity must possess a valid business licence to work within the District of Tofino.
Apply for a new business licence
Download the required form
You will need to download and fill out the following forms:
Prepare copies of supporting certificates from other government authorities
Make copies of any necessary certificates from federal, provincial or municipal government authorities. You may be contacted for further documentation or to schedule an inspection if required.
Submit $73.44 Application Fee, completed application form and information sheet
Submit your $73.44 application fee and Business Licence Application Form to the Municipal Office by hand or mail. This document, accompanied by a copy of all necessary certificates from federal, provincial or municipal government authorities, is then reviewed by the Tofino Business Licence Inspector. You will be contacted if additional information or an inspection is required.
Wait for approval
You will be notified of approval and have 30 days to complete the application process (see next step).
Upon approval, pay the Annual Business Licence Fee
Upon Business Licence approval, applicants are then responsible for an Annual Business Licence Fee. Business regulations, licence classifications and associated fees can be found within the District of Tofino Business Licence Regulation Bylaw No. 1239, 2022.
Renew a Business Licence
All business licences expire on December 31 and must be renewed annually. To renew your business licence, please submit your Business Information Form for review, along with your annual payment as outlined in your previous year’s licence. Please ensure that every section on the Business Information Form is complete and that all information is accurate and up-to-date by making changes to the pre-printed information where necessary.
Note: Business licence renewals past due will be subject to a $73.44 late renewal fee and may be subject to additional inspection prior to approval.
Click here for the 2024 Business Classification & Fee Schedule
You'll need a permit for that sign! All businesses must ensure that they have applied for and received the proper sign permits for all business signage. Every business shall comply with all federal, provincial and municipal bylaws and regulations.