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.
- Quick Reference Guide (PDF, 1.1MB)
A printable checklist to help you keep track of your progress as you complete the steps required for starting a restaurant.
- Checklist (PDF, 1.4MB)
- Business Planning
Create a business plan, learn about market demographics, and be aware of the permits and licences you may need.
- Location & Zoning
Learn about zoning restrictions in your municipality, reviewing your lease, and required renovations and permits.
- Register Your Business
Get a business name and register your business with government agencies.
- Permits and Licences
More information on the licences and permits required to open a restaurant, and where to apply for them.
Information on hiring employees, required certifications, and the B.C. Employment Standards Act.
- Operation & Maintenance
Learn about things to keep in mind after you open: collecting tax, renewing permits and licences, and annual inspections.