Update April 7, 2021

Business Licenses

  • Did you know the District of Sooke processes over 650 business licenses each year?

Be sure to renew or apply for your 2021 business licence!

The Business Licence Bylaw requires that all businesses operating in the District of Sooke be in possession of a valid municipal Business Licence, and possibly an Inter-municipal or Intercommunity 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.

Do you want to know if the contractor you have hired has a valid Business Licence?

Call the municipal office and our friendly staff will advise if the business is currently licensed, or view a list of current Business License holders here:  Active Business Licenses as of November 2020. Please note: this listing is provided for reference purposes only and is not updated consistently. Please contact the Business License Inspector at the District of Sooke municipal hall if you have any inquiries regarding this listing.

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 the premise size. To determine the correct fee for your business, contact the municipal hall. 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.

The District of Sooke can issue the following Licence Types, depending on the municipalities in which you work.

Intermunicipal Business Licences are valid in these municipalities:

City of Colwood City of Langford City of Victoria
District of Central Saanich District of North Saanich District of Oak Bay
District of Saanich Township of Esquimalt District of Metchosin
District of Sooke District of the Highlands Town of Sidney
Town of View Royal

The following municipalities participate in the Inter-Community Business Licence Agreement.

City of Duncan Town of Ladysmith Town of Lake Cowichan
Municipality of North Cowichan City of Courtenay Town of Comox
City of Campbell River City of Port Alberni Town of Qualicum Beach
Village of Cumberland City of Nanaimo City of Parksville
City of Colwood City of Victoria District of Central Saanich
District of North Saanich District of Saanich Township of Esquimalt
District of Sooke Town of View Royal

Apply for your license:

Payment must be received at the time of application.

Note: a floor plan of the space utilized for business purposes, will be required at the time of application submission.

If you do not own the property where your business is located, you will be required to have the owner complete an Owner’s Authorization form, found here.

Contact the Licence Inspector for further information 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 the One-Stop Business Registry. If you submit a business licence application through One-Stop Business Registry, please mail in or drop off the applicable licence fee to the District of Sooke (2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC, V9Z 1J2), or contact the Business Licence Inspector at 250-642-1634.

Food Truck Service in Parks Pilot Program

Update April 7, 2021 – The District of Sooke is offering, on a trial basis, the opportunity for local food truck operators to sell their product in select Sooke Parks. Locations selected for this pilot program include Ed Macgregor Park, Broomhill Park, and John Phillips Memorial Park.

Applications will be received starting April 15th and vendors may begin operating in assigned parks starting May 1st. Location assignments for vendors will be done on a first-come, first-served basis and rotate weekly to provide fresh options for park users and input on the sites from the vendor’s perspective.

Council waived $200/day commercial use of municipal property fee in favour of a $250/month “Food Truck Program” fee, which is on the lower-end of comparable park fees in the region. A one-time $50 application fee and a $300 damage deposit are also required upon securing park space.

Operators are encouraged to utilize compostable food containers (plastic strongly discouraged), where possible.

For further details and to apply, please view the FOOD TRUCKS IN PARKS PROGRAM – PERMIT APPLICATION 2021, and

In submitting your completed application form, please include the following supporting documentation:

  • 2021 Business License
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority Permit
  • Insurance of $2,000,000.00 with indemnification for the District of Sooke