The District of Sooke Council is considering adopting a Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw, following the examples set by the City of Victoria and the Township of Esquimalt.

Plastic bags cost approximately 17 cents in clean-up costs, which include fuel, worker pay, disposal, and other similar components. Many residents of Sooke are concerned with the environmental impacts of plastics, including plastic bags. Some local Sooke businesses have already demonstrated that they take this matter seriously.

The Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw will prohibit the use of single-use plastic bags but not include small paper bags or plastic bags used to package: loose bulk items, contain or wrap produce and frozen foods, wrap flowers, protect linens, protect clothes from dry cleaning, etc.

The Bylaw is proposed to come into effect on January 1, 2020, providing an opportunity for businesses to use up checkout bags on hand.

There will be an opportunity for public input at the regular Council meeting on June 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers, 2225 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person to express your views, you can submit your comments in writing via, via fax at 250-642-0541 or in person to Sooke Municipal Hall, 2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, June 10, 2019.

For more information regarding the proposed bylaw, please see: May 13 Staff Report re: Proposed Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw


Be sure to renew or apply for your 2019 business licence!

The Business Licence Bylaw requires that all businesses operating in the District of Sooke be in possession of a valid Business Licence or a valid Inter-municipal Business Licence (Business Licence Application found here). Business Licences are issued by the Business Licence Inspector in collaboration with other departments, including Development Services and the Fire Department.  Some types of business licences also require consultation with external provincial jurisdictions, such as the RCMP or Vancouver Island Health Authority.  The Business Licence Inspector provides advise of the process required to complete your business licence.

Every business in the District of Sooke is required to have a valid business licence before beginning operation. This requirement applies to home-based businesses, commercial and industrial operations and owners of apartment rental properties.

Business Licensing is mandated to promote safe and legitimate business premises and operations within the District of Sooke. Staff provide initial advice for new businesses, process business licence applications within the context of the District’s regulatory requirements and maintain an up-to-date database on existing businesses.

A copy of the Business Licence Bylaw can be found on the Bylaws page of this website.

Do you want to know if the contractor you have hired has a valid Business Licence? Just call the municipal office and our friendly staff will advise if the business is currently licensed. Or click here for Business Licenses as of December 2018

Types of Business Licences:

The fee structure in the District of Sooke is based on the type of business. For certain types of businesses, the rate is further determined by additional criteria such as floor area. To determine the correct fee for your business, contact the Municipal office. Fees are payable when the business licence application is submitted to the District of Sooke. A Building and/or Fire Inspector may visit your place of business.

Inter-Community Business Licence brochure

Applications for a Business licence may made in the following manner:

Payment must be received prior to issuance of your Business Licence.
If you have any questions please call the Business Licence Inspector at 250-642-1634

Starting a new Business

For information on the process of starting a new business, expanding or moving a business please visit One Stop Business Registry at If you submit a business licence application through One Stop Business Registry, please mail in the applicable licence fee to the District of Sooke at 2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC, V9Z 1J2 or contact the Business Licence Inspector at 250-642-1634.

New Business Pamph