Oak Bay requires every person carrying on, maintaining, owning or operating within the Municpality any profession, business, trade or occupation, to hold a valid business licence. The Business License must be visibly displayed on the premises. Licences are valid from January 1 to December 31. The licence fee is reduced if the licence is for only part of the year.
Paying your Business License
Business Licenses (new and renewal) may be paid by cash, cheque or bank debit card at the Municipal Hall, or you can also pay your Business License renewal online by credit card and the licence will be mailed to you. By mail, please attach payment by cheque with a completed application. Licence fees are not refundable or transferable.
Business License Requirements
Fill out a Business License Application Form. Applications are also available at the Municipal Hall.
- Retail & Commercial Business License Application Form
- Home-based Residential Business Application Form
The processing time of an application depends on completeness of the application when received and the need for any approvals from other departments or other regulatory authorities such as the Vancouver Island Health Authority. The fee for a business licence varies depending on the type of business or businesses being conducted.
Your completed new license application can be dropped off, mailed or faxed to:
Oak Bay Municipal Hall
2167 Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria BC, V8R 1G2
Depending on the type of business you are operating in Oak Bay, you may require other permits or licenses that are not regulated by the Municipality. Examples include liquor licenses and health licenses. It is important to be aware of these requirements as they are in place to protect the safety and health of you, your customers and the general public.
If your business is not registered, visit the OneStop Business Registry website to have your name and company registered in BC.
Also, visit our BizPaL page which simplifies the business license and other compliance regulation process for entrepreneurs, governments, and third party business service providers.
For information regarding any of these application procedures, please contact the Oak Bay Building and Planning Department at 250-598-2042.