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

When your business license application is reviewed and a change of use is identified at the proposed business location (IE. from clothing retail to restaurant), the City will request the applicant complete a Building Permit Application Form to assess the change of use.

To download a Building Permit Application for a change of use (also known as change of occupancy), and understand the requirements of the application submission, visit the Building Permits and Inspections information page.

As part of this permitting process, an inspection by a Building Official and Fire Inspector will be required to ensure that the facility meets the mandatory provincial codes for the new type of business operating at the proposed location.

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

  • Contact the Fire Inspector at (250) 423-4226.
  • To book an inspection with City Building Officials, submit your request via email with 'Inspection Request' in the subject header to Alex Park ( and/or Erik Stout (

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.