Start a Business

We can help you get your business up and running as soon as possible. Here are some steps you can take to get started with the necessary licences and permits. Also visit our Guide to Business for more information. 

How to Get Started

Contact the City

If you seek information about starting or expanding your business, contact Penticton’s Economic Development Office. We can also provide help or advice involving setting up your business, accessing information and statistics, or other business and investment questions. Ph: 250-490-2579,

Research Your Market

Visit our Economic Profile page to access market research about your potential customers and competitors. Also review Your Guide to Business, which will help you get your business up-and-running fast.

Get Your Business Licence

Visit our Apply for a Business Licence page to read the three easy steps to getting your business licence.

Planning a New Office? Or Doing Construction?

If your business requires permits or has special zoning requirements, book your pre-application meeting with our Building department.

Identify other Licensing Requirements

Not sure which permits and licences your business needs? Start by using BizPal online service, a free online service that helps you determine which permits and licences are required from all levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal). To contact the provincial ministry you can go to, phone 1-800-663-7867 or use this handy online list. For more information about federal licence requirements, visit or call 1-800-622-6232.

For information about registering for GST, PST and other possible business requirements, visit our Business Resources page under "Start Your Business."

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