Each legal entity or person that actively carries on business within the District of Mission, as a sole proprietor, a corporation or a partner (each partner is a separate legal entity not the partnership itself) is deemed to be a distinct business and is required to obtain a business license. Businesses are verifiable in that each legal entity carrying on business is required to file a tax return in regards to their business activities. A business includes any of the following activities:
a) carrying on a commercial or industrial activity or undertaking of any kind, or
b) providing professional, personal or other services for purpose of gain or profit,
c) providing any other services in exchange for money or other consideration, including
non-profit services and/or businesses classified in Schedule “A”,
but does not include an activity carried out on or by either the Federal or Provincial governments including corporations or agencies owned by them, or by any public transit authority.
Business license applications , including transfer of ownership and change in address or name shall only be accepted and processed through the Inspection Services Department. Accessory home occupations are required to read through the Zoning Bylaw 5050-2009 Section 107 and indicate that this has been read on the business license application form. The cost of a business license is contained within Schedule “A” of the Business Licence Bylaw 3964-2007.
A business which involves the preparation of food (restaurants, caterers, etc.) or a use regulated by the Community Care Facility Act, such as a day care, should also contact the Fraser Health Authority at 604-814-5515.
Where an application involves a change in the use or occupancy of a building that may require that alterations be made to it in accordance with Building Bylaw 3590-2003 a building permit shall be applied for and an inspection acquired prior to the issuance of a business license.
Business License Renewal
Every business is required to renew its license every year. Renewal notices will be mailed out by the District of Mission, Inspection Services Department on an annual basis.
Payments for renewals only can be made in person at the District of Mission Municipal Hall or mailed to District of Mission, Inspection Services Department, 8645 Stave Lake Street, Box 20, Mission, BC V2V 4L9.
Payments can also be paid via telebanking, the internet (banking service) or banking machines (ATM’s). Please inquire at your financial institution to take advantage of any of these options.