Apply for a new Business Licence

When applying for a new business licence, the following additional documentation MAY be required:
  • Completed business licence application
  • Copies of any professional certificates and/or provincial registration documents.
  • Copies of trade certification are required for plumbers.
  • Copies of reports from the Public Health Inspector are required for all restaurants, cafes, mobile vendors, and any other establishment selling food.
  • Food Safe certificates are required for anyone handling food.

* Please note that a business licence will not be issued until all required documentation is provided.

Business license fees are required to be paid at the time of application.  A business license application will not be processed until payment has been provided.

Short-Term Rental Business Licence

Residents wishing to operate a short-term rental in their principle dwelling are required to have a Short-Term Rental Business Licence.

Read through the Business Licensing & Regulation Bylaw, Section 12, Schedule "C" to review the list of regulations that must be met.

When you are ready to apply you can print your application here, or pick one up at City Hall. Applications must be submitted in person, along with all applicable fees.

Inspections Required for Change of Use

Whenever there is a change of use (ie. from clothing retail to restaurant) for a commercial/business location, an inspection by Building Inspector and Fire Inspector will be required to ensure that the facility meets the mandatory provincial codes for the new type of business establishment.

If you have any questions or need to arrange for an inspection, please contact:

  • Building Inspector at (250) 423-2229; and/or
  • Fire Inspector at (250) 423-4226.

Any changes to the business establishment nature or previous use must comply with the City of Fernie Zoning Bylaw No. 1750.

All signs must comply with the City of Fernie Sign Bylaw No. 1888.