How do I apply for a business licence?

Every business within the city of Nelson is required to hold a valid business licence, including those that provide short-term accommodation. This licence must be renewed annually and can be applied for in-person at City Hall. Please consult the application forms above. A safety inspection of the premises will be required.

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1. What if I don’t get a licence?
2. How do I apply for a business licence?
3. What type of business licence do I need?
4. As an Airbnb/short-term rental host, what provincial laws and taxes am I subject to?
5. Why don’t “Airbnb” listings have to pay the 2% regional tourism accommodation tax? Other cities enforce a tourism tax.
6. Why don’t “Airbnb” listings have to pay commercial property tax?
7. Does my standard homeowner’s or tenant’s insurance policy cover me as a host?
8. What about parking?
9. What if I use a site like Airbnb to rent for more than one month?