Business Licensing

Business Licensing

The District of Stewart values your business.  We are committed to providing excellent service in a business-friendly environment. Our goal is to assist businesses to grow and prosper and to generate economic growth for the community. Whether you are starting a business in Stewart or simply want information about conducting business in the District, this page should guide you to the information you need.

Going into business may be a stressful time with many issues to be considered.  The District of Stewart supports and encourages new businesses.  In addition, the District must also look after the health, safety and liability of the public.  By explaining some of these issues and concerns in advance, we aim to help you understand the process when you are applying for a Business Licence and be able to process your application quickly.

The District of Stewart requires that you complete a Business License application form if you are starting a new business or changing an existing one.  The following items need to be attached:

  • a site plan of the property showing where the premises is in relation to the property lines;
  • a drawing showing the location of the required parking
  • an interior floor plan of the premises.

We look at a number of items during our review of your business license application.  First all properties in the District are zoned; typically for Residential, Commercial or Industrial.  The zoning designation regulates (among many items) the kind of business you can conduct within that particular zone.  You may wish to arrange a meeting with the District of Stewart Administrator before submitting your application form.

If you are conducting a business that requires people to come into a building, the building official will conduct a visual site inspection to ensure that the health and safety requirements of the BC Building Code are met.  You are encouraged to arrange this inspection prior to signing a lease or purchasing a building for your business.  This includes a business that is being conducted in a home.  A residential home is not built to the standards of a commercial building and as such, we look closely at what type of business will be conducted in a home to ensure the health and safety requirements of the code are met, and whether the business proposal meets the zoning regulations.

The fact that a business has been conducted at a location before, does not preclude it from being inspected again when a business application is being received.  The previous owner may have done alterations without District knowledge and other levels of government may have changed requirements during the operations of the previous business.  Therefore, the change of business ownership provides an opportunity to inspect the premises and advise accordingly.

Other government agencies such as the Ministry of Health may also be involved to assist you with your proposal.

The Business Licence fees vary depending on the type of business.  These fees can likely be determined based on the rate sheet included in the Business Bylaw link below.  Fees for businesses that operate throughout the year are charged on an annual basis, and are non-refundable once a licence has been approved and issued.

Certain types of businesses may operate from home, with some restrictions. The District’s Zoning Bylaw restricts the type of business activities that are allowed to operate in a residential neighborhood (in order to minimize disturbances to surrounding properties), limits the size of the area used for business purposes, and regulates parking and storage impacts. Please read Zoning Bylaw 881, 2014.

For information regarding business licence applications in the District of Stewart please read Bylaw No. 864, 2013.

To apply for a business licence in the District of Stewart, complete the form on the last page and either email it to the office:  clerk@districtofstewart.com or deliver it in person to 705 Brightwell Street, Stewart BC.

A Public Health Approach to Non-Medical Cannabis

POSTED: September 21, 2018 | Mayors Blog

As District of Stewart Council will adopt few by-laws at the coming meeting, I want to share with citizens the letter from the Northern Health. I feel that this is a very important matter for many people, living in Stewart and Council should consider Health Authorities recommendations.

Multiple sectors of society, and all levels of government, have roles to play in a comprehensive public health approach to cannabis legalization. Local governments, in particular, can adopt regulations aimed at reducing youth exposure to non-medical cannabis, high-risk use in general (e.g., heavy or frequent use, use with other substances), and unwanted exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke and vapour. Local governments can also support increasing public knowledge and awareness, to support risk reduction and destigmatization, without normalization or promotion. Local U]dS`\[S\bal Xc`WaRWQbW]\ W\ h]\W\U' ZO\R caS' PcaW\Saa ZWQS\aW\U' PcWZRW\U Q]RSa' \cWaO\QS by-laws, and enforcement, as well as their ability to advocate to higher levels of government, can all be leveraged to promote a public health approach to cannabis.4 Some specific areas of best practice5 where local governments can support a public health approach include: 

A Public Health Approach to Non-Medical Cannabis

POSTED: September 21, 2018 | Mayors Blog

As District of Stewart Council will adopt few by-laws at the coming meeting, I want to share with citizens the letter from the Northern Health. I feel that this is a very important matter for many people, living in Stewart and Council should consider Health Authorities recommendations.

Multiple sectors of society, and all levels of government, have roles to play in a comprehensive public health approach to cannabis legalization. Local governments, in particular, can adopt regulations aimed at reducing youth exposure to non-medical cannabis, high-risk use in general (e.g., heavy or frequent use, use with other substances), and unwanted exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke and vapour. Local governments can also support increasing public knowledge and awareness, to support risk reduction and destigmatization, without normalization or promotion. Local U]dS`\[S\bal Xc`WaRWQbW]\ W\ h]\W\U' ZO\R caS' PcaW\Saa ZWQS\aW\U' PcWZRW\U Q]RSa' \cWaO\QS by-laws, and enforcement, as well as their ability to advocate to higher levels of government, can all be leveraged to promote a public health approach to cannabis.4 Some specific areas of best practice5 where local governments can support a public health approach include: 

Stewart - the Best Town for Nature Lovers

POSTED: July 7, 2014 | Kids Blog

If you enjoy fresh air, hiking and wild life photography, see why this Bear Valley School student thinks you'll love Stewart!  => read essay

STEWART HAS THE BEST SOIL FOR GARDENING

POSTED: March 3, 2014 | Kids Blog

Read this essay from Lane Hyslop to understand why the soil in Stewart is great for gardeners!

Notice from BC Hydro:  Wildfire Assistance

POSTED: August 21, 2018

Please see the attached notice from BC Hydro with information for customers affected by the wildfires.

Provincial State of Emergency Declared

POSTED: August 15, 2018

Please see the News Release from the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General-Emergency Management BC regarding the Province's response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

Notice of Road Closure

POSTED: August 10, 2018

Please see the attached Public Notice Bulletin regarding the closure of the section of road between 1st Avenue and the south entrance to the Dike Road.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation