STARTING A BUSINESS
Starting up a business involves three basic steps:
1. A name search using the Name Approval Request Application form
2. One Stop Business Registration or Incorporation
3. Obtain a Business License (from the City Hall of the city you plan to conduct a business in).
Step 1: Name Search processed within 3-5 business days through the Surrey Board of Trade:
- $50.00 per search, in person
- $60.00 per search by fax 604-588-7549 (Visa/MasterCard/AMEX)
- An additional $100.00 for a priority search, which provides results within 24 hours
Download a name request form here.
Step 2: One Stop Business Registration only for Proprietorships and Partnerships:
- $70.00 registered by our staff
Download the registration form here (pdf).
For more information on North American Industry Classification (NAICS) codes click here.
To complete the incorporation of a company (Ltd., Inc., Corp.) go to www.regco.ca or contact a lawyer to assist you with the process.
To incorporate a society, click on this link for further information.
Step 3: Contact your local City Hall to obtain a business license. This is a permit to operate in the city. For the City of Surrey you can contact them at 604-591-4370 or at www.surrey.ca
Registration Document Copies
*for companies already registered and need another copy of their paperwork
Certificate of Incorporation - $25.00 to obtain a copy
Business Registration Certificate - $25.00 to obtain a copy
For further information on the Business Centre and the business registration process,
please contact the Surrey Board of Trade at (604) 581-7130.
For complete business start-up information go to www.smallbusinessbc.ca
Thinking of Starting a Business
Thinking of starting a business but not sure where to start? This resource should help guide you in the right direction. You’ve decided to start a business – now what? The following resources will help you along the way.
Permits and Licences
- Identify business permits and licences you may require to start your business
- Services and requirements for natural resource related businesses
- Aboriginal business services
- Resources for women entrepreneurs in B.C.
- Resources for employers
- About online business
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/en/themes/business_and_investing/starting_business/index.page to access the above items