Start or locate a business in the District

Whether you're building a business from the ground up or expanding your existing business into the District, follow these steps to quickly and successfully get set up and open your doors.

1. Look up government requirements

BizPal is an innovative online service that gives you simplified information about business permits, licences, and other requirements for starting, operating, and growing your business.

Learn about BizPal

2. Find a location

Search available North Vancouver industrial and commercial space for rent or lease.

Search commercial properties on

Search commercial properties on Spacelist

3. Check zoning and required permits

Zoning check

When you find a potential location (or locations) for your business, but before you take possession of the space, contact us to make sure that the type of business you are proposing would be allowed under our Zoning Bylaw.

Email or call 604.990.2480.

Permit requirements

4. Get a business licence

Apply for a business licence


Need help with your business?

We're committed to supporting a thriving and diverse local economy.

We can help you start, expand, or move your business, identify a location for your business, understand municipal licence and permit requirements, and more.

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