Starting a business is a major undertaking and there are a number of resources available at the District of Sparwood to assist you with that process. Buying or leasing a building or premises and getting a business licence are just two of the many steps to complete. This handout includes details of the important things you need to consider and review when you are starting a business in Sparwood prior to entering into a lease or purchasing expensive equipment.
Modifications to a structure, including electrical, plumbing or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) work must meet the British Columbia Building Code, Plumbing Code and Fire Code. You should confirm with your leasing or real estate agent that renovations were completed to meet these code requirements and within required building and/or plumbing permits.
Permits are required for the removal, installation and/or relocation of interior walls, doorways and windows. As mentioned above, please note that any previous work completed without permits will require a subsequent permit and may require alterations to meet appropriate Building and Plumbing Code requirements. A fire sprinkler permit is also required if you are making alterations to an existing system.
Before designing, purchasing or installing any signs, check with Planning Department to ensure that they will be permitted. There are limitations on the size and types of signs you can install. A sign permit is required for any sign placed on a property or installed on a building exterior. You will also be required to remove any previously installed signs that do not meet the District’s Sign Bylaw requirements or obtain additional sign permit(s) for signs which do meet the Bylaw requirements but were installed without a sign permit.
Depending on the type of business you are operating in Sparwood, you may require other permits or licences that are not regulated by the District of Sparwood. Examples include liquor licences and health licences. It is important to be aware of these requirements as they are in place to protect the safety and health of you, your customers and the general public.
Research what other approvals, permits or certificates you may require from other agencies, including but not limited to the following.