Welcome to the OneStop Business Registry

Doing Business in B.C.

Starting, Expanding, or Moving a Business?

Welcome to the OneStop Business Registry where you can do the most commonly required business registrations and transactions.

  1. Find information on starting your business
    • Information on starting a new business.

  1. Proprietorship / DBA / Partnership

    Register a new business with BC Registries and Online Services

    1. Step 1: Choose your business name and get it approved

      The first step in the registration of a sole proprietorship (including 'doing business as') or a general partnership is approval of the business name.

    2. Step 2: Register your sole proprietorship, 'doing business as' name (DBA) or general partnership

      A sole proprietorship, DBA or a general partnership can be registered instantly using OneStop. A DBA or 'trade name' is seen to be a sole proprietorship owned by an incorporated (limited) company or other business entity.

    1. Register your existing business with:
      • Canada Revenue Agency
        • GST/HST
        • Payroll deductions
        • Import/export accounts
      • Provincial Sales Tax (PST) for new businesses only
      • WorkSafeBC - the Workers' Compensation Board of B.C.
      • Local Government Business Licences.
       
    2. Renew your liquor licence or submit events
      • Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB)
        • Renew your liquor licence
        • Submit event notifications
          • Catered events
          • Temporary Use Area events
          • Market events
          • Liquor-Free events
       
    3. Change your business address

      Automatically notify many participating public agencies of your business address change.

    4.  
    5. Find more business information

      Go here for specialized advice on growing your business.

  2. Corporation

    Incorporate a new company with BC Registries and Online Services

    1. Step 1: Choose your business name and get it approved

      New corporate names must be approved by BC Registries and Online Services. If you choose to use the incorporation number as the company’s name (e.g., 0123456 B.C. Ltd), you do not need a name approval and reservation. The incorporation number is assigned by us at the time the incorporation application is filed.

    1. Register your existing business with:
      • Canada Revenue Agency
        • GST/HST
        • Payroll deductions
        • Import/export accounts
      • Provincial Sales Tax (PST) for new businesses only
      • WorkSafeBC - the Workers' Compensation Board of B.C.
      • Local Government Business Licences.
       
    2. Renew your liquor licence or submit events
      • Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB)
        • Renew your liquor licence
        • Submit event notifications
          • Catered events
          • Temporary Use Area events
          • Market events
          • Liquor-Free events
       
    3. Change your business address

      Automatically notify many participating public agencies of your business address change.

    4.  
    5. Find more business information

      Go here for specialized advice on growing your business.

  3. Other Entity

    Register or incorporate other business types with BC Registries and Online Services

    1. Find information packages, instructions, forms and legislations related to starting, maintaining or dissolving an organization or business.
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    2. For assistance filing documents, you may also contact BC Registries and Online Services' preferred legal service provider Dye & Durham.

    1. Register your existing business with:
      • Canada Revenue Agency
        • GST/HST
        • Payroll deductions
        • Import/export accounts
      • Provincial Sales Tax (PST) for new businesses only
      • WorkSafeBC - the Workers' Compensation Board of B.C.
      • Local Government Business Licences.
       
    2. Renew your liquor licence or submit events
      • Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB)
        • Renew your liquor licence
        • Submit event notifications
          • Catered events
          • Temporary Use Area events
          • Market events
          • Liquor-Free events
       
    3. Change your business address

      Automatically notify many participating public agencies of your business address change.

    4.  
    5. Find more business information

      Go here for specialized advice on growing your business.