Any activity or undertaking providing professional, personal or other service for the purposes of gain or profit requires a valid business licence. Every business must have a business licence issued by the District of Mission before starting business.
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 licence, should also contact the Fraser Health Authority at 604-814-5515.
Accessory home occupations are required to read through the Home Occupation Use (Zoning Bylaw 5949-2020 Section 107) and indicate that this has been read on the business license application form.
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 Licence Application & Renewal
Business licence 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 Home Occupation Use (Zoning Bylaw 5050-2009 Section 107) and indicate that this has been read on the business license application form.
The cost of a business licence is contained within Schedule “A” of the Business Licence Bylaw 3964-2007.
Every business is required to renew its licence every year. Renewal notices will be mailed out by the District of Mission, Inspection Services Department on an annual basis.
Payments for renewals can be made in person at the District of Mission or mailed to District of Mission, Inspection Services Department, 7337 Welton Street, Mission BC V2V 5C7.
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.
Business Licence Report
- View and search for issued business licences in our monthly report.
Business Licence - Address Change
The Bylaw Department would like to inform business owners that in the event of a business location change, a new application must be submitted and approved by the District of Mission.
2020 Business renewal notices will be mailed out in the beginning of December. Change of address applications should be submitted by the end of November to ensure that your renewal notice is mailed to the correct address. Please submit updated applications by dropping off at 7337 Welton Street, Mission BC V2V 3X1 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, please contact the Bylaw Department at 604-820-3727
Inter-Municipal Business Licence
Do you work in multiple jurisdictions? If so, you could save money with an 5334-2012 Intermunicipal Business Licence Bylaw. The District of Mission, along with ten other municipalities are providing contractors the ability to purchase an Inter-municipal Business Licence.
At their home jurisdiction, contractors may purchase not only their regular business licence, but an inter-municipal business licence as well. This licence will allow the contractor to work in the following jurisdictions: City of Abbotsford, City of Chilliwack, Corporation of Delta, District of Hope, District of Kent, City of Langley, Township of Langley, City of Maple Ridge, City of Pitt Meadows, City of Surrey, City of Merritt and Harrison Hot Springs.
Eligibility is limited to trade contractors, other professionals (related to the construction industry) or a contractor who performs maintenance and/or repair of land and buildings across participating municipalities. Intermunicipal Brochure
Regulations and Forms
Business Licence Fee Review Project
Business Fees in Mission have not been updated in many years and are significantly out of date.
Council directed staff to review fees as part of the 2016-2018 Strategic Plan and relate them to the costs they drive for the Municipality.
During this review, the project team met in-person with the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business Association, Community Futures, Economic Development Advisory Committee, Canadian Homebuilders Association – Fraser Valley, and the RCMP.
Additionally, emails and letters were sent to the organizations, and letters were mailed to all local registered businesses notifying them about the project, seeking input, and inviting them to a public open house held February 20, 2018 where a detailed presentation provided information on the process, and research.
The analysis reviewed how businesses were categorized, and the costs for Fire Inspection, response calls that could be tracked for Fire/Rescue and the RCMP, Bylaw Enforcement, Economic Development, and Engineering and Public Works related to businesses.
Following a workshop with Council staff are revising the proposed rates. These will be presented to Council and the Public for additional comments prior to bring brought forward for adoption.