29 Sep How to register my business?
Registering a business in BC is relatively straightforward, but first you need to decide if your company structure will be a proprietorship, partnership or corporation.
Once you’ve settled on a company structure, the first step of registering your business is name reservation. You can apply for up to three names on one application, and you should thoroughly research your name choices before submitting your application.
Once you have researched your name choices you can submit the name reservation application by proceeding to Step 3 on www.bcregistrynames.gov.bc.ca/nro. Alternatively, you can print the name request application form and mail it directly to the Corporate Registry with payment.
- You can submit the form online for a fee of $31.58 payable by MasterCard or Visa.
- You can submit the form though the Small Business BC office for a fee of $50 +GST payable by cash, debit, MasterCard or Visa.
- You can mail the form directly to the Corporate Registry for a fee of $30 payable by cheque or money order.
The processing time varies depending on how you submit your application. If you submit it online or in-person, processing time is approx. 5–8 business days, and if you are mailing the application it usually takes an additional week.
Once your business name has been processed and approved, you can file the business registration application.