Business Licences

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

Renewing your business licence? You can also renew your Business Licence online. Please contact our office by email if there are any changes to your licence.

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 Requirements

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.

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.

Mobile/Street Vendor Business Licence

Coquitlam has a street vending program, please see our page and contact the Business LinQ for further information.

Short-term Rental Business Licence

A short-term rental is defined as the rental and occupation of a sleeping unit which is attached to or part of a dwelling unit, either with common cooking facilities, or where regular meals are provided. Examples of short-term rentals include but are not limited to bed and breakfasts, Airbnb® rentals and VRBO® rentals.

City of Coquitlam has specific regulations for short-term rentals to ensure the rental does not negatively impact a residential neighbourhood.


  • All short-term rentals require a home-based business licence and an inspection
  • At least one permanent resident of the home must live in and operate the short-term rental
  • A maximum of two guests or one family is permitted to stay at any one time
  • No noise, parking, pedestrian and/or vehicular traffic increases that impact the residential neighbourhood are allowed
  • Rental space must be less than 40% of the residential floor area
  • Rental space must not have separate cooking facilities. Shared cooking facilities are permitted.

To apply for a home-based business licence, fill out the Business Licence Application – Home Occupation. A Property Use Inspector will review the application and arrange a time for inspection prior to approval.

Tri Cities Intermunicipal Business Licence

The Tri Cities Intermunicipal Business Licence program allows mobile businesses based in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam or Port Moody to obtain an add-on business licence and operate legally in all three Tri Cities municipalities. Non-resident businesses based in other municipalities must still obtain non-resident business licences to operate in each Tri Cities municipality.

A mobile business is a business that has a location, shop, office, or home -base in either Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam or Port Moody and delivers its services by moving from client to client throughout the Tri Cities.  The principal municipality is the community in which the business has its location, shop, office or home base.

  • The cost of an Intermunicipal Business Licence is $165.00 annually. Licence fees are not prorated.
  • An Intermunicipal Business Licence is valid for the same term as the standard business licence issued from the principal municipality.
  • A business holding an Intermunicipal Business Licence must comply with all of the Bylaws and Regulations of each municipality in which they operate.

Other information and useful resources

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