Application and Business Classifications

Apply for a regular or intermunicipal business licence by completing a Business Licence Application.  The application is a fillable form.  Please save the document to your device, complete the application in full, resave the document and then email the completed application to [email protected].  The application fee is payable at the time of application.  Please contact [email protected] or 250-414-7136 to arrange payment.

Business licence fees are due upon submission of an application form. Refer to the Schedule 'A' attached to the application form for classifications of businesses and fees. 

Business licence renewal notices are mailed at the end of each year to all businesses that were licensed in the preceding year and payment is due by January 31st each yearPlease notify the Municipal Hall at 250-414-7136 if you are no longer operating a business in Esquimalt.

BUSINESS CLASSIFICATIONS

  • Apartments – fee per apartment unit 
  • Bulk Oil Storage 
  • Cannabis Retailer 
  • Commercial – Small – less than 465 sq. metres (5,000 sq. ft.) Floor Area 
  • Commercial – Large – more than 465 sq. metres (5,000 sq. ft.) Floor Area 
  • Drug Paraphernalia Sales 
  • Garage Sales (more than 3 per calendar year) 
  • Home Crafts $ 50.00 Home Occupations
  • Intermunicipal 
  • Intercommunity
  • Liquor Sales (off site consumption) 
  • Markets 
  • Money Lenders 
  • Non-Resident Business 
  • Professional Office 
  • Pub 

INTERMUNICIPAL and INTERCOMMUNITY Business Licences:

The Intermunicipal and Intercommunity licenses allow a business to conduct their business, services, or mobile business within a group of participating municipalities by taking out one license (versus multiple non-resident licenses). Click on the links to see the associated bylaws and information pertaining to these licenses.

Intermunicipal Business Licence (Greater Victoria)
The Intermunicipal licence allows you to conduct your business within any of the 13 Greater Victoria municipalities: 
City of Colwood
City of Langford
City of Victoria
District of Central Saanich
District of the Highlands
District of Metchosin
District of North Saanich
District of Oak Bay
District of North Saanich
District of Saanich
District of Sooke
Town of View Royal
Township of Esquimalt

Intercommunity Business Licence (ICBL) - Vancouver Island
The ICBL was launched in January 2020 and gives business owners the option to take out one licence to work in participating Vancouver Island communities. As of July 2021 there are 15 participating municipalities:

City of Colwood
City of Duncan
City of Nanaimo
City of Parksville
City of Victoria
District of Sooke
District of Central Saanich
District of North Saanich
District of Saanich
Municipality of North Cowichan
Town of Ladysmith
Town of Lake Cowichan
Town of Sidney

Town of View Royal 
Township of
 Esquimalt

The latest list of participating ICBL partners is listed at: www.gov.bc.ca/mobilebusinesslicence. Please note, not all Vancouver Island communities have joined the ICBL, so an intermunicipal licence may still the best option to allow you to work within all the Greater Victoria communities.

If you have questions about the ICBL program please contact the business licencing department at 250-414-7136 or [email protected].