Licences & Related Permits
All businesses operating, working, providing or selling a product or service in the District of Central Saanich shall be in possession of a valid business licence. This requirement applies to all commercial, industrial, home-based and non-resident businesses operating within the municipality. Business licences are required for the following reasons:
- to review businesses for compliance with land use, building and fire regulations;
- to allow for the Fire Department to schedule regular inspections of life safety systems, including alarms, emergency lighting, sprinklers, exit paths and other fire safety issues;
- to gather land use information whereby commercial and industrial policies are based; and
- to facilitate planning decisions.
Along with the business licence, you may also need permits for new or replacement signage, any construction or building alterations, plumbing changes, or approvals from external agencies such as the Liquor Control and Licencing Branch (LCLB) or the Capital Regional District (CRD). The Provincial Liquor Control and Licencing Branch (LCLB) regulates restaurants, bars, pubs, liquor retailers, manufacturers and special events. The CRD reviews waste discharge and backflow prevention device testing.