Business Licences

Notice about Business Licences during the COVID-19 Pandemic: 

If you need to apply for or renew your business licence, you can do so online or via email. Please contact Business Licensing at  or 604-527-4565 for more information or check out the website for more.

Applications for business licenses that are currently operational or are applying for the first time will still be processed up to the point of final inspection – we will not be doing final inspections at this time and therefore will not be issuing a licence. There may still be opportunities to operate. Please contact the Business Licence Coordinator to see if options are available for you to operate while waiting for your licence to be issued.  


Business Licensing promotes safe and legitimate business premises and operations within New Westminster. Its primary functions are to provide initial advice for new businesses, to process business licence applications within the context of New Westminster’s regulatory requirements, and to maintain an up-to-date database on existing businesses in the city.

Every business in New Westminster is required to have a valid business licence before beginning operation. This includes home-based businesses, commercial and industrial operations, and owners of apartment rental properties. Business licences are also required for companies that are not located in the city, but do work within New Westminster (e.g., contractors).

Business Licensing renews approximately 4,000 business licences each year and also issues licences for liquor establishments and municipal decals.

For questions, please call 604-527-4565 or email

You can also take a look at our Starting Your Business In New Westminster Guide.

  • Business License Office
    T 604-527-4565