Business Licencing

Who needs a District of Tofino Business Licence?

Any person planning to operate a business or any form of commercial activity, must possess a valid business licence to work within the District of Tofino.

Unsure of the licenses you require? Check out BizPal, a free online service that allows business clients to easily generate a customized list of the permits and licences they require.

How to apply for a NEW Business Licence

STEP 1: Submit your $50.00 application fee, Business Licence Application Form, and  Business Licence Information Sheet to the Municipal Office by hand or mail. These documents, accompanied by a copy of all necessary certificates from federal, provincial or municipal government authorities, are then reviewed by the Tofino Business Licence Inspector. You may be contacted for further documentation or to schedule an inspection if required.

Please ensure that the location of your intended business has the appropriate zoning. You can determine the property zoning by visiting our Maps and GIS page. When you have determined the zoning of your intended business, you may check the Zoning Bylaw to determine the uses permitted on the property. When you click on the above links, please allow a few seconds for the documents to load.

STEP 2: 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 License Bylaw 858, 2000. You will be notified of approval and have 30 days to complete the application process.

How to renew your Tofino Business Licence

All business licences expire on December 31 and must be renewed annually. To renew your business licence, please submit your Business Licence Information Sheet for review, along with your annual payment as set forth in your previous year’s licence.  Please ensure that every section on the Business Licence Information Sheet 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 30 days past due will be processed as new applications, requiring a Business Licence Application Form, Information Sheet, a $50 late renewal fee and may be subject to additional inspection prior to approval.

Sign Permits

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. 

Forms & References

For assistance with the various new business regulatory requirements for all levels of government, visit our BizPaLwebpage.


Damon Johnson - Business Licence Inspector

250-725-3229 ext 605