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.

UBCM-2016

POSTED: October 13, 2016 | Mayors Blog

The 2016 Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention is focused on the theme “Stronger Together”. Standing together, from far and wide, each region still stands together. Each region has something unique to contribute to the growth and prosperity of BC and is integral to the success of this province.

Water quality

POSTED: September 5, 2016 | Mayors Blog

Lately the District of Stewart has issued few times a boil water advisory.  It's strictly a precautionary measure due power outage. Without power  water pressure at our pump declined below established level. A loss in pressure can result in contamination entering the drinking water distribution system from surrounding soil and groundwater. 
To address the issue Council approve the purchase of new generator for new pump 4, to make sure that water pressure will be rebounded to acceptable levels for the remainder of the outage.  Also, Council approved a purchase of a drinking water quality test kit. 
District of Stewart drinking water undergoes  quality tests monthly to ensure that our citizens are provided with clean and safe water. People of Stewart can take pride in their drinking water - it continually meets  quality standards set out in the BC Drinking Water Protection Act and the Canadian Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. Detailed water quality reports are available in the District office.

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!

Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan

POSTED: March 23, 2017

The District of Stewart is a member of the Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan. This Plan is a new approach that will help make waste management safer and more cost efficient by sharing resources. All communities will contribute to the plan based on their population. This means that Stewart’s taxpayers will contribute approximately 7% of the cost.

You will be receiving an informational flyer in your mailbox that provides more information. We encourage you to read the flyer and be informed about the changes that will be taking place with the closure of our landfill and the construction of a transfer station.

Community meetings will be arranged in the coming months so that you can provide your input into this process.

If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jennifer Larson, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer

PUBLIC NOTICE

POSTED: March 22, 2017

Please be advised that the District of Stewart has now switched back from Well #3 to Well #4

Water Quality Advisory:  UPDATE

POSTED: February 23, 2017

The District of Stewart received water sample results today from the lab and there is no bacteriological contamination. The water continues to be safe to drink. However, due to ongoing construction and maintenance work in and around the wells, the District has decided to keep a Water Quality Advisory in place. The Water Quality Advisory is the lowest-level notification and is used in situations where the public health threat is modest, and actions can be taken to reduce the risks. If you are a member of a high risk population, or you have concerns, you may choose to boil the water (rolling boil for one minute). Sampling will continue to be conducted periodically to assess the condition of the water. We will advise further if there is any change.

Public Comments on Rural Education in Stewart

POSTED: February 3, 2017

On February 6, 2017 there will be an Open House in Terrace hosted by Parliamentary Secretary Linda Larson who is seeking feedback from British Columbians on the challenges & opportunities facing rural school districts and communities.
Please visit the Rural Education Website and submit comments.
For more information, please see the District of Stewart's Open Letter on Rural Education.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: December 20, 2016

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: August 2, 2016

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