Page updated January 8, 2021

Business Licenses

  • Did you know the District of Sooke processes approximately 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 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.

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 floor area. 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.

Apply for your license:

Payment must be received prior to issuance of your business license.

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

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 Program

As of July 27, 2020, the District of Sooke is offering, on a trial basis, the opportunity for Food Trucks to sell their product in select Sooke Parks. Available parks include:

  • Whiffin Spit
  • Broomhill Playground
  • Ed McGregor parking lot
  • John Phillips Memorial Park
  • Sooke Potholes parking lot

Venders will be assigned a park by lottery system, providing an equal opportunity to work in each park. Operators will be able to self-determine the hours and days of the week that they work while complying with the Community Parks Regulation Bylaw.

Food Trucks Owners can complete the PARK FOOD TRUCK SERVICE APPLICATION 2020, and supply the following supporting documentation:

  • 2020 Business Licence
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority Permit
  • Insurance of $2,000,000.00 with an indemnification for the District of Sooke

A refundable damage deposit of $300.00 and an administration fee of $50.00 (non-refundable), is to be remitted at time of application.

Operators are encouraged to utilize compostable food containers, where possible. Plastic is strongly discouraged.