The owner of a business is required to submit plans to all agencies for approvals where required and obtain a business licence prior to the business opening. The following approvals may apply:
Your intended premises must be in a zone which permits your type of business use. Check with Development and Engineering Services for details.
"On-site" parking spaces may be required. Check with Development and Engineering Services for details.
A Building Permit is required for new buildings, alterations, or modifications from the Building Inspection Division. Download Application for Building Permit (PDF file, requires Acrobat Reader)
A Sign Permit is required from Development and Engineering Services for altering an existing sign or for erecting a new sign. Download Application for Sign Permit (PDF file, requires Acrobat Reader)
All commercial premises must pass inspections by Fire & Rescue Services and Building Inspection Division for your particular use PRIOR to occupancy and issuance of your business licence.
All commercial vehicles require a Municipal Commercial Vehicle decal annually.
The Interior Health Unit requires PRIOR plan approval for ALL businesses handling food and/or liquor such as:
Concession Stands/Mobile Concessions
Mobile Catering Vehicles/Pushcarts
Lounges, Pubs, Bars
Approvals are also required for:
Beauty Salons/Barber Shops
Commercial: Spas, hot tubs, whirlpools and swimming pools
Health Related Services
Adult Care and Child Day Care Facilities
Check with the Business Licence Division to determine your fee before submitting your application.
Additional Contact Numbers
455 Columbia Street - Government Agent's Office
#101 286 St Paul Street V2C 6G4 - Community Futures
Revenue Canada, Penticton
1 800 663-5062
Liquor Control Board
1 800 959-5525
1 800 661-2112
Consumer Taxation - PST
455 Columbia Street
To obtain a licence to play copyright protected music in a public setting. Call: 1 800 937-6226
105 Seymour Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2C6
Note: All correspondence is entered into our system and will be directed accordingly. The City of Kamloops will endeavor to contact you within two business days. Thank you.