Starting a Restaurant in B.C.

The Starting a Restaurant in B.C. online guide provides guidance on the requirements for starting a restaurant in British Columbia.

The guide is provided in approximate chronological order. However, it is important to start the process early and plan for delays, as timelines and requirements may vary by municipality, region, or season.

Each municipality in B.C. has specific requirements for opening a restaurant. To confirm the requirements in your area, contact your local municipality.

Quick Reference Guide

An infographic that illustrates the process of starting a restaurant, and approximately when to consider each step.


A printable checklist to help you keep track of your progress as you complete the steps required for starting a restaurant.


Find Permits & Licences

Unsure of the permits and licences you need to start your restaurant business?

  • Visit BizPaL to search for permits and licenses that may be required in your region.

Get Help With Starting a Restaurant

Resources for Starting a Business

Resources for Starting a Restaurant

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