NOTICE:  Business licence renewal e-bills will be sent December 24, 2021. Your existing licenses will remain valid until the February 1, 2022 payment deadline. 2022 licence payments will be available January 4, 2022. To ensure you receive your invoice, you MUST have a myPortmoody account and have registered your accounts. If you have not already done so, you can create your account at www.my.portmoody.ca.


If your business operates in the City of Port Moody, you must have a valid Port Moody business licence. We issue business licences on an annual basis from January to December each year.

Renew a business licence

Business and dog licence renewal notices are now sent electronically. Go paperless! Sign up for myPortMoody and do your renewals online.

Business licences help ensure that you follow:

  • land use regulations as per our Zoning Bylaw; and
  • building, fire, and health requirements.

Apply for a business licence

Here's how you can apply:

  1. fill out our business licence application
  2. send us your completed application or fax it to 604-469-4533

If your new business will be operating out of a commercial space, a floor plan must be submitted at time of application as well.

You can also submit your application in person at the second floor counter at City Hall, or mail the form(s) to:

Bylaws and Licensing
100 Newport Dr.
Port Moody BC V3H 3E1

Building, fire, and health inspections may be required before a business licence can be approved, depending on the type of business you are operating. We'll let you know if inspections are required after we have received your completed application.

Fees and requirements

You can find all fees in our Fees Bylaw. The fees and requirements for business licences will depend on the type of business you plan to operate.

The annual licence fee applies to all businesses that start operating in the city before August 1 of each year. The annual fee is pro-rated by 50% from August 1 to December of the first year of licensing.

If your new business will be operating out of a commercial space, you'll be required to have building and fire inspections accepted before the business licence can be approved. The process for booking inspections will be explained after the application, floor plan, and payment have been received.

Inter-municipal business licence

If you own a business in Port Moody and work in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, you can apply for an inter-municipal business licence. The licence costs $260 for the base Port Moody licence, plus an additional $165 to allow for work across the Tri-Cities.

It's easy to apply. When filling out a business application form, simply check the box for "Inter-Municipal" under "Application Type." You don't need to buy separate licences for each city. Once approved, we'll add the inter-municipal endorsement to your existing Port Moody business licence and mail you your new inter-municipal business licence.

Mobile food truck business licence

If you own a mobile food truck and wish to operate on private property, you will need a catering business licence. If you wish to operate at the three public mobile food truck locations, you will need a mobile food truck business licence. Follow these five steps to apply:
  • complete a business licence application and indicate whether you wish to operate your mobile food truck on private property or public property;
  • return your completed application via email with a copy of your health permit to operate;
  • call 604-469-4529 to schedule a fire inspection through Port Moody Fire Rescue;
  • if you are operating the mobile food truck on public property, sign the Mobile Food Truck Licence Agreement (to be provided upon receipt of a completed business licence application); and
  • provide a copy of your liability insurance (2 million dollar minimum coverage displaying the City of Port Moody as an additional insured). 

Permits

Make sure to apply for the correct permits for your business:

Home-based business or home office

If you're operating a home-based business or home office from either your primary residence or a permitted accessory building, make sure you follow the City’s Zoning Bylaw.

The Zoning Bylaw provides standard rules for all home occupations to help ensure the continued safety and enjoyment of the surrounding neighbourhood. Additionally, there are specific regulations for each of the three types of home occupations that are included in the Zoning Bylaw.

  1. Home Office – Type A: home offices that do not require onsite employees, customers, or signage (permitted in all residential zones, strata approval not required)
  2. Home-Based Business – Type B: home occupations with up to two non-resident employees, onsite signage, or clients or customers who come to your house (permitted in most single detached residential neighbourhoods)
  3. Low-Impact Home-Based Business – Type C: home occupations with low volume client or customer visits (permitted in every residential zone, with strata approval required where applicable)

 You are strongly encouraged to read section 5.2.3 of the Zoning Bylaw for the complete details on home occupations.

Residential licence requirements

If you rent your residential property, you must complete a residential licence application.