Business Licences

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Note also that many services are available online to continue to serve the community at this time.

Serving You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The City of Coquitlam is supporting businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic with continuing services and resources, including our new Business Support Portal. Many departments in the City are now open for drop-in visits. Long queues may be expected and we encourage you to consider online options. City service updates and other information is also posted on our main COVID-19 page.

Coquitlam businesses wanting to offer services or supplies in support of the COVID-19 response:

How do I pay for my business licence

If you already have a business licence, you can pay for your Business Licence online. Please contact our office by email if there are any changes to your licence. 

How do I apply for a business licence

Starting a Business in Coquitlam? Look over our Starting a Business Brochure as a good starting point. 

The City of Coquitlam Business Licence Bylaw requires every person carrying on, maintaining, owning or operating within Coquitlam any profession, business, trade or occupation, to hold a valid business licence. The Business Licence must be visibly displayed on the premises. Licence holders operating a mobile business must carry the licence on his or her person while working in Coquitlam. In Coquitlam, licences are valid for one year from the date of commencement of the business.

The first step of starting a commercial or industrial business is confirming that the location is zoned for the business use. More information on zoning can be found here. Doing business in Coquitlam is easier than ever with the Business LinQ, a convenient new way to link to the resources and support you need. See our Business LinQ page for more information.​​

Business Licence Applications

Application for Coquitlam businesses located in a commercial or industrial space:

Application for home-based businesses in Coquitlam:

Application for businesses working in Coquitlam without a business address in Coquitlam:

Application for businesses participating in a Special Event in Coquitlam:

To ensure your application is processed as efficiently as possible, please include all supporting documents along with the application. For more information on this, see the ‘Other information and useful resources’ section below.

Depending on the type of business you are operating in Coquitlam, you may require other permits or licences that are not regulated by the City. Depending on your business type, there are often provincial or federal regulators. Examples of these include liquor licences and health permits. 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.

Completed Business Licence Applications can be delivered to City Hall at 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 7N2 or, emailed to or faxed to 604-927-3445. 

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  • Mobile/Street Vendor Business Licence

  • Short-term Rental Business Licence

  • Tri Cities Intermunicipal Business Licence

Legal, Bylaw Enforcement & Licensing
3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 7N2
Phone: 604-927-3085 
Fax: 604-927-3445