LICENCES AND PERMITS

The Village of Pemberton issues numerous business licences and permits every year. These cover everything from mobile vendors to home-based businesses to large multi-national organizations, and industries ranging from entertainment to high tech to tourism to finance.

Along with business licences, there are additional permits and licences that residents and visitors may require. Frequently requested licences and permits are listed below.

Please note, Building Permits and Information can be found here:

Boulevard Improvement Permits

Application & Documents

Boulevard Improvement Permit

Boulevard Maintenance Bylaw 713, 2012

Every owner or occupier of property adjacent to a boulevard or ditch must maintain that area in a clean and safe condition. Residents may not place any rocks, fill, fencing, landscaping ties, rails, bricks, concrete structures, etc., on the boulevard or in a ditch adjacent to the owner's property unless authorized by the Village of Pemberton through a Boulevard Improvement Permit (BIP), which are free of charge.

These requirements are put in place to maintain drainage systems, protect utilities and to ensure unobstructed corridors for snow clearing operations.

For more information, refer to Boulevard Maintenance Bylaw 713, 2012.

Building Permits

Applications & Documents

Residential & Other Part 9 Building Permit Application Package

Complex Building Permit Application Package

Manufactured Home Package

Asbestos Waste Information

Tenancy Improvement Building Permit Application

Assurance Letters - Registered Professional Schedules

The Provincial Government, through the Community Charter and BC Building Regulations, has granted municipalities the power to regulate the construction of buildings and structures and the installation of plumbing, electrical and gas services. Municipalities therefore issue Building Permits as a means of regulating construction to ensure compliance with the applicable Municipal bylaws and Provincial regulations. To ensure that buildings are constructed and facilities are installed in accordance with appropriate regulations, municipalities have also been empowered to undertake inspections.

Please note: Structural Engineering with Schedule B and sealed drawings are mandatory for single family dwellings, duplexes, roofs and decks.  Exemptions may be permitted for auxiliary buildings without sleeping accommodation with prior approval from the building inspector.

Please contact the Village of Pemberton for the following application permit/documents:

  • Commercial Building Permit Application Package
  • Bed & Breakfast Guidelines
  • Blasting Permit
  • Farm Building Exemption
  • Manufactured Homes Permit

Building Permit FAQ

A Building Permit is required when you:

  • Construct any new building or structure
  • Construct a new accessory building
  • Install an intermodal structure (e.g. shipping container).
  • Make alterations, additions or repairs to an existing building or structure
  • Installing a fire sprinkler system.
  • Complete a previously unfinished area in an existing building (e.g. a recreation room or bathroom etc.)
  • Make interior structural renovations
  • Demolish or relocate a building or structure
  • Locate or relocate a manufactured or mobile home on a lot
  • Remodel or construct a deck
  • Construct a swimming pool
  • Install new fixtures or alter plumbing within a building or structure on a property
  • Connect to a municipal water supply &/or sanitary or storm sewer system
  • Install a new chimney or fireplace
  • Enclose a porch or a carport or change your garage to living space
  • Change the use / occupancy of an existing building, (e.g. from office to retail, from residential to B&B, including any type of nightly rental operation).

You may not start any stage of a project, including demolition or excavation, until a building permit has been obtained.

A Building Permit is not required for:

  • installing cupboards
  • replacing existing bathroom, kitchen or laundry fixtures and fittings
  • replacing windows and doors in existing openings;
  • Recovering existing floors
  • roofing repairs or replacements (providing that no structural changes are made);
  • exterior finish repair or replacement (e.g. siding, providing that no structural changes are made);
  • fences less than 1.2 metres in height at the front or 1.8 meters in height at the rear;
  • retaining structures less than 1.5 metres in height, that retain less than 1.0 metre of earth ;
  • buildings (e.g. storage shed) less than 10 square metres in size. Not to be used for residential occupancy (note: even though a permit is not required, the structure must still comply with zoning regulations with respect to setbacks and height

If you are unsure whether your project will require a permit, please contact us at 604-894-6135 ext. 245

Who is Involved in the Process?

Building Inspector - The Building Inspector undertakes the review of all Building Permit applications and conducts the inspections. Other Municipal Officials - Depending upon the complexity of the application, there may be involvement with other officials including the Clerk, Planner, the Works Foreman and the Fire Chief. Provincial Government Agencies - Building Permit applications may also require approval from the Ministry of Environment and the Vancouver Coast Health Unit.

What is the Purpose of the Process?

The primary purpose for the issuance of a Building Permit is to ensure that all buildings comply with safety, health, and zoning requirements of the Province and Municipality. Building codes have been established by the Province in order to uphold public safety standards, and until a proposed building design meets with requirements of the codes and applicable bylaws, a permit will not be issued.

How Long is the Process?

A Building Permit Application may take anywhere between one and three months to process, once an application has been submitted. During the busy spring and summer months, additional time may be needed. As might be expected, the amount of time to process a Building Permit is also largely dependent upon the completeness and accuracy of the application. In addition, the time frame is affected by how well the applicant responds to meeting the requirements outlined in the applicable regulations.  Please contact us to find out our current Building Permit review turnaround time.  

Burning Permits

Application & Documents

Online Burning Permit Application

Burning permits can be obtained from the Pemberton Fire Rescue Fire Hall located at 1350 Aster Street, Monday to Friday, between 8:30am to 4:30pm.  

BEFORE STARTING ANY KIND OF OUTDOOR FIRE, CHECK THE WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT BRANCH WEBSITE FOR THE FIRE DANGER RATING AND FIRE PROHIBITIONS AND AREA RESTRICTIONS FOR THE PEMBERTON AREA (PART OF THE COASTAL FIRE CENTRE) AND OBTAIN A BURN PERMIT FROM THE VILLAGE OF PEMBERTON

All open air fires within The Village of Pemberton require an Open Air Fire Permit. The Village of Pemberton may issue a Burning Permit within Village Boundaries for the purpose of burning organic material only and up to 0.5 cubic metre in size.

Please note that the Fire Prevention Amendment Bylaw No. 799 was passed on March 1, 2016, with a revised fee schedule.

Village of Pemberton Fire Prevention Bylaw No. 744, 2013 provides details for the following:

Open Air Fire Permits are required for recreational purposes on all residential properties. Each permit is valid for 1 calendar year.

Open Air Fire Permits are required for burning yard waste. A permit is issued for maximum of 2 weeks and on the following terms and conditions:

a) only burning of grass, weeds, garden waste, tree clippings, dead leaves, and dead grass resulting from the cleaning of gardens and yards, in small fires, shall be permitted and must not be larger than 1 cubic meter; Village of Pemberton Fire Prevention Bylaw No. 744, 2013

b) open air fires for burning yard waste may only occur during daylight hours, at times and dates as designated by the Fire Chief;

c) every person to whom an open air fire permit for burning yard waste has been issued shall, at all times, place and keep a competent person in charge of the fire(s) while the fire(s) are burning or smouldering and until such fires are completely extinguished, and shall provide that person with sufficient appliances and equipment in order to prevent the fire(s) from getting beyond control or causing damage, or becoming hazardous to life or property, or becoming a nuisance;

d) open air fires for burning yard waste may only occur on days when the smoke ventilation index, as reported by the Meteorological Service of Canada, is at a value of 55 or greater;

e) open air fires for burning yard waste shall not be started when wind and weather are such that to do so is likely to be hazardous to life or property or create a nuisance;

f) the Fire Chief may refuse to issue or may cancel an open air fire permit for burning yard waste and/or order a fire extinguished whenever, in the opinion of the Fire Chief having regard to all the circumstances, burning may be hazardous to life or property or may create a nuisance.

If you discover an uncontrolled fire contact Pemberton Fire Rescue by calling 911.

Quick Tips Before You Burn:

Business Licences

Application & Documents

Business Licence Application Form

Businesss Licence Information Update Form

Tenancy Improvement Building Permit Application

The Village of Pemberton and the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a warm welcome to prospective and new businesses in Pemberton.

If you are planning to establish a business in the Village of Pemberton and would like to meet with the Welcoming Committee to discuss your business and business related issues, please contact the Chamber.

If you are thinking of opening a resturant, check out the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skill's Training online tool to guide you though the steps for opening and maintaining a resturant in BC:www.gov.bc.ca/startingarestaurant

Who needs a Business Licence?

The Village of Pemberton Bylaw No.751, 2014 states that resident and non-resident businesses operating within our boundaries must have a valid and current business licence. A business licence is your formal permission to operate a business within the Village of Pemberton.

Persons are deemed to be carrying on a business if they are involved in any of the following activities:

Dealing in, buying, selling, bartering, renting, or displaying any commodity for profit or gain; Advertising a business; and Rendering or offering to render professional, personal, contractual, or other services for profit or gain.

Prior to commencing business in the Village of Pemberton, a business licence must be obtained. If your business is located in the Village, your business licence must be posted on the premises in a conspicuous place at all times. If you are a non-resident, you must carry a licence while conducting business within Pemberton.

The Village supports local merchants by encouraging the use of local suppliers and by purchasing locally, where all things are equal.  All businesses doing business within the Village of Pemberton or for the Village of Pemberton must have a valid business licence.

How do I apply?

Business Licence Applications can be made by downloading an application and submitting it by email or you may pick up a paper application at the office of the Village of Pemberton. To make changes to an existing licence, contact the the Village of Pemberton.

Business Licence Fees

Business Licences are valid January 1- December 31, and must be renewed on a yearly basis. As long as you run your business, you will be billed each January for the year ending December 31.Failure to renew your Business Licence on or before January 31st will result in a penalty fee inaddition to the annual Business Licence Fee for the renewal period.

The Business Licence Process

Generally, the process for obtaining a Business Licence takes 2-3 weeks, but may take more or less time dependant on the complexity of your application or the time of year.

Step 1: Application

Complete a Business Licence Application and submit it to the Village Office, along with your payment. Incomplete Applications will be returned.

Step 2: Review

Application is reviewed by Planning and Development, and referred to other appropriate departments as necessary.

Steo 3: Inspection

Any necessary inspections are performed.

Step 4: Issuance of Business Licence and posting on Village website

Your licence will be mailed within two weeks of paying your invoice in full. Should you chose, your business information will also be listed on the Village of Pemberton's Business Directory Listing at this time.

Step 5: Annual Renewal of Business Licence

All Business Licences issued under this Bylaw shall be for the calendar year and will expire on December 31st except if a Business Licence is previously forfeited under this Bylaw.

All Business Licences issued under Bylaw No.751, 2014 shall be for the calendar year and will expire on December 31st except if a Business Licence is previously forfeited under this Bylaw. You must renew your Business Licence by January 31st of the current calendar year. Failure to renew your Business Licence on or before January 31st will result in a penalty fee in addition to the annual Business Licence Fee for the renewal period. Please see Schedule 'A' within this Bylaw for details.

Who is involved in the process?

Depending on your application, the following individuals/departments may be involved: Planning and Development - approval of proposed business use, lot size, and parking. Building - approval of a building permit for proposed building alterations, especially structural changes. Fire Department - approval of fire safety equipment installations, alarms, smoke detectors, exits, etc. Provincial Medical Health Officer - approval required if the business involves the preparation, distribution, and selling of foods other than pre-packaged or pre-bottled foodstuffs.

Home Based Business

The procedure for processing a business licence for a home occupation is similar to the procedure for a business located in a commercial premise. Proposed cottage industries and home occupation uses are subject to zoning and other regulations as outlined in the Village of Pemberton Zoning Bylaw. With respect to home occupation uses, the following general regulations are outlined in Section 207 of the Zoning Bylaw. Be sure to check the bylaw for regulations specific to your zoning area.

Mobile Vending

Mobile Vendors are defined as any person carrying on the business of operating a mobile store, who goes from place to place or house to house selling or offering for sale, or who vends on any highway, street, lane or public place, any goods, wares, merchandise, or foodstuffs. Mobiles vendors include, but are not limited to: hot dog carts; highway-side vendors; and door to door sales. The annual cost of a business licence for a mobile vendor is $300.00.

Development Permits

Application & Documents

Development Procedures Bylaw

Subdivision & Development Control Bylaw

Please contact Development Services at 604.894.6135 to obtain a Development Permit Application.

The Provincial Government has provided municipal councils with the ability to regulate certain aspects of a development that are not directly addressed in the Zoning Bylaw or the Building Bylaw. For instance, for commercial development, the Council can establish guidelines for the general type of exterior finish of the buildings and landscapes features, and then require that all proposals meet these guidelines. Once the council is satisfied that a proposal would satisfy all the guidelines that have been established, a Development Permit can then be issued.

A Development Permit is not a Building Permit. Once you have obtained your Development Permit, you can then apply for a Building Permit.

 

Further information

Development Services - Village of Pemberton
Phone: 604.894.6135

Development Variance Permits

Application & Documents

Development Variance Permit Application

Zoning Bylaw No. 466, 2001

Subdivision and Development Control Bylaw No. 677, 2011

Sign Bylaw No. 380, 1995

A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is an approval from Council to vary the regulations(s) of the Zoning Bylaw, the Subdivision and Development Control Bylaw, or the Sign Bylaw for non-conforming development approvals.

If your project does not conform to a Bylaw, a variance is required. Staff are diligent in consideration of variances, and will consider each application on an individual and site specific basis. Staff will then make a recommendation of support or non-support to Council for consideration. Take time to review the bylaws and communicate with our planner or Development Services Department prior to applying for a variance.

As part of the development variance permitting process, a sign will be posted on your property detailing the nature of the variance, and your neighbours will be informed and given an opportunity to comment.

A Development Variance Permit can not vary the land use or density. If approved by Council, a Development Variance Permit is registered on title and will expire after 2 years if the development has not commenced.

 

Dog Licences

Application & Documents

Download Dog Licence Application

Animal Control Bylaw No. 651, 2010

Animal Control (Fee Schedule) Amendment Bylaw No. 779, 2015

Dogs

FOUND A DOG? Please contact the Village's Compliance Officer at
604 894 6135.

Dog Licences

All dogs (including puppies) living within municipal boundaries must have a valid licence worn at all times.  If your dog is licensed and your contact information kept up to date, you can be contacted in the event that your pet is found.

Proceeds from dog licences go towards supplying doggie bag dispensers and partial support of PAWS (Pemberton Animal Wellbeing Society) and WAG (Whistler Animal Galore).

Pemberton dog licences are available at the Village of Pemberton office, located at 7400 Prospect Street, across from the RCMP station, and Whistler Animals Galore. Annual dog licences are valid from January 1st to December 31st of any given year. As per Animal Control Bylaw No. 651, 2010, the licence fee schedule is as follows:

Annual Dog Fees

Tag Type by March 31st after March 31
Spayed or neutered (with proof from veterinarian) $25 $40
Unspayed or unneutered $65 $85
Under 3 months $15 $15
Replacement tag $10 $10

Dogs Must Be Leashed

Dogs must be on a leash and under your control at all times on municipal property, including trails and parks. Dogs are not allowed on the swimming beach at One Mile Lake, however there is a designated "dog beach" on One Mile Lake opposite the swimming beach.

The Scoop on Poop

Whether on public or private property, pick up after your pet. Dog excrement is unsanitary, unsightly and can be a health hazard. For your convenience, there are dog bag dispensers at various locations throughout the village. If you find a doggie bag dispenser in need of refills, please contact us and we will have it filled.

Especially in the winter when the weather tends to temporarily hide the evidence; please remember that it's the law to pick up after your dog. Failure to do so not only compiles the crimes into an overwhelmingly unpleasant spring surprise, but will result in a fine from Village Bylaw.

Did you Know?

The average dog produces approximately 100 grams of waste a day. In 2011, the Village of Pemberton sold 261 dog licences. Therefore, those 261 dogs combined made about 26.1kgs, or 57.5lbs, of waste every day. Multiply by 365 days and factor in the statistic that 40% of dog owners don't always clean up after their pets, and you end up with a conservative estimate of 3,810kg, or 8,395lbs of illegal excrement every year in Pemberton. And, if you really want to get down and dirty, consider that the actual number of dogs in the Village is estimated to be as much as double the licensed number...

Diseases found in dog feces that can be passed from dog to dog include: Parvovirus, Whipworm, Hookworms, Distemper, Hepatitis, and Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis.

Diseases found in dog feces that can be passed on to you (or your children, your neighbour's children, the sweet old lady down the street, etc.) include: Round worm, Tapeworm, Giardia, Salmonella and Cryptosporidium.

It can take up to one year for dog feces to completely break down.

The nitrogen content in dog waste is too concentrated and will kill, not fertilize, the plants in our parks.

If pet waste is not picked up, rain can wash it away and carry it into storm drains to nearby rivers, streams and lakes. As pet waste decays in water, it uses up dissolved oxygen and releases compounds that are harmful to fish and other animals that rely on water. Pet waste is high in nitrogen, which promotes excessive algae growth in water in a river or lake, upsetting the natural nutrient balance.

Dog feces on sidewalks, trails and in parks are the #1 complaint of non-dog owners and dog owners alike. It is also the main reason for the loss of off leash areas.

Pet waste is a contributor to bacterial contamination in our rivers, lakes and streams. A single gram of pet waste contains an average of 23 million fecal coli form (for example E. Coli) bacteria. Waters that contain a high amount of bacteria such as E.Coli are unfit for human contact.

Film Permits

Application & Documents

Filming Bylaw

Filming Policy

Film Permit Application Form

Business Licence Application 

With 360 degree views, Pemberton offers a spectacular backdrop for filming purposes. Just 3 hours from Vancouver and 20 minutes north of Whistler, Pemberton has a history in farming, a unique village character, and sweeping mountain vistas. Any person or company who is interested in accessing Village of Pemberton Municipal property for the purposes of commercial photography, video, film and television must obtain a Filming Licence and Business Licence from the Village of Pemberton. Complete the application forms and return them to the Village of Pemberton Office for review. News Media are exempt.

Fees

Each production will be subject to the appropriate licensing fees and deposits as described below.

Description Fee

Non-Refundable Application Fee

 Non-Refundable Student Daily Filming Fee

$125

 $75

Daily Film Fee $300
Business Licence Fee $150
Security Deposit $5,000

If filming is taking place in a park or public space, including the Downtown Community Barn or on a public roadway, a Parks and Public Spaces Permit is also required. The municipality also reserves the right to establish "film sensitive zones," which may require additional fees for filming within the municipality.

Film Credits for Pemberton

 

Flying a Drone

Transport Canada regulates the use of drones/UAV to keep the public and our airspace safe.  Before you fly your drone, make sure you understand the rules that apply and follow them.  Transport Canada's current guidelines state that drones should be flown:

  • at least nine kilometres away from airports
  • no higher than 90 metres above the ground; and
  • at least 150 metres away from people, buildings and vehicles.

To use your UAV for any form of work or research, you are legally required to apply for a Transport Canada Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC). This applies to all UAVs used for filming or to capture event footage and regardless of how much the UAV weighs.

Please note that you are required to notify the Village of Pemberton of any drone use upon submission of your Filming Application or Special Event Application.

Please see below infographic from Transport Canada to understand how the regulations apply to your drone use.

For more information regarding thelegal and safe use of drones, visit the Transport Canada website.

Outdoor Water Use Permit

If you have recently undergone landscaping improvements, such as seeding or sod installment on a substantial portion of the property, that requires daily sprinkling, watering or irrigation you may apply for an Outdoor Water Use Permit for a fee of $30.00.  

Download Outdoor Water Use Permit Application

Details of allowable conditions are set out in Section 7 of the Outdoor Water Use Regulation Bylaw No. 792, 2015

Questions?  Contact the Village Office at 604.894.6135 or admin@pemberton.ca.

Parks & Public Spaces Permits

Application & Documents

Parks & Public Spaces Permit Application

Village of Pemberton Parks and Public Spaces Use Bylaw No. 797, 2016.

What is a Parks and Public Spaces Permit?

A Park and Public Spaces Permit is a permit that grants to a person(s), group or organization permission to use a park or public space that is on Village of Pemberton property. For further information, refer to Village of Pemberton Parks and Public Spaces Use Bylaw No. 797, 2016.

Why is a Parks and Public Spaces Permit required?

A Park and Public Spaces Permit is required to:

  • Ensure all Park and Public Spaces users have accessibility and availability to parks and public spaces within the Village
  • Notify the Village of Pemberton of events happening within the boundaries, avoiding an overlap of events
  • Confirm adequate amenities will be available and requirements are met
  • Ensure all Park and Public Spaces users have aquired the appropriate level of insurance 

When do I need a Parks and Public Spaces Permit?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you will most likely require a Park and Public Spaces Permit:

  • Will you be closing off an area, holding an event or occupying an area that may affect other park and public space users?
  • Are additional services required e.g. public washrooms, event equipment (tables/chairs/AV etc), power, water, additional parking, emergency services?
  • Will you be operating a business or commercial operation from the Park or Public Space?
  • Is the intention of the event to make a profit?

For example - if a school class is having a picnic lunch at the park that will not affect other park and public space users- they don't require a park use permit. However if the whole school is doing a "Sports Day" where they are bringing additional equipment and will take up considerable park space - they would require a permit.

NOTE: The Village reserves the right to require a group or organization to obtain a Park and Public Spaces Permit.

If you are planning an event or gathering within the Village of Pemberton and will have more than 300 guests or attendees, you require a Special Events Permit. For further information, see Special Events Guideline and Bylaw No. 750, 2014.

For more information visit the Special Events Permits Page.

Download the Agency Contact Information Sheet

Is there a Fee?

To obtain a Park and Public Spaces Permit, there is a $30.00 fee for community non-profit events and $75.00 for commercial events (a valid Village of Pemberton business licence is required for commercial & corporate organizations).

"Not-for-Profit Event" means an event organized by a not-for-profit organization, registered society, or person, that does not generate revenue or that generates revenue exclusively to support not-for-profit organization(s) or is generated to sustain the event. The following fees apply to not-for-profit events:

Non-profit Events:
Permit Fee $30
Refundable Deposit $300
Downtown Barn Rental Fee (One Time)* $105
Downtown Barn Rental Fee (Seasonal - 6 Consecutive Months)* $315
Downtown Barn Rental Fee (Annual - January 1 - December 31)* $630
Village Streets & Parking Lots Rental Fee* No Fee

"Commercial Event" means an event organized by a business for the purpose of profit or gain. Commercial events include, but are not limited to, providing of a professional service, an industrial or commercial undertaking of any nature, commercial filming and any events where tickets are sold for profit. Commercial event organizers must hold a valid Village of Pemberton business licence. The following fees apply for commercial events:

Commercial Events:
Permit Fee $75
Refundable Deposit $1000
Downtown Barn Rental Fee* $525
Downtown Barn Filming and Photography* $1050
Village Streets and Parking Lots Rental Fee (per block)* $210

*Venue Fees include GST.

Parks and public space users must take out "event" insurance for bodily injury and property damage, in the amount of $5,000,000 each occurrence, naming the Village of Pemberton. Insurance may be obtained through a provider of your choice or you may purchase Insurance through the Village's User Group Insurance Policy. Please contact the Village Office for more information.

How Do I Apply?

To apply for a Park and Public Spaces Permit, complete an Application Form and drop it off to the Village office a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to your event. You will be contacted upon approval of the application and asked to complete any outstanding requirements prior to the permit being issued.

The Village will review your application and you may be asked to provide additional information. The more your event impacts the community, the more lead-up time and information you will need.

What are the Requirements?

For the complete list of requirements, refer to the terms and conditions on the Parks and Public Spaces Permit Application Form.

NOTE: Upon review of the application and depending on the type of event, the Village has the right to require additional amenities or services be provided or arranged for, prior to the Park and Public Spaces Use Permit being issued.

If you are unsure if you require a Park and Public Spaces Use Permit, or have any questions, please contact the Village office.

How do I obtain a Liquor Licence?

For hosting events that serve alcohol, please refer to the Community Alcohol Policy Guidelines for best practices.

The Province is implementing a new online application process for the approval of liquor licences for small, low risk events. Offering online applications for Special Occasion Licences (SOLs) is expected to enhance public safety by providing officials with information in real-time about events happening in their communities.

A number of new policy changes and operating rules for SOLs are also being introduced:

  • New SOL frequency limits - up to three events per month, up to 24 total per year, per applicant;
  • Applicants will be required to obtain local government/First Nation approvals in advance for events on their lands or properties. Applicants without the necessary approvals may have the licence cancelled by police or the LCLB;
  • Local governments and First Nations will be notified of all SOLs issued in their area. They are encouraged to continue taking part in CAPE or Festival Committees, may impose conditions on SOLs under local bylaws;
  • Changes to SOL Maximum Price Schedule;
  • Police and liquor inspectors will undertake a review, based on the type of event and number of people attending; and,
  • Liquor inspectors will review and approve all SOLs where 500 or more people are attending and the security plan provided.

For more information, please visit: UBCM, New Process for Approving Special Occasion Licences

Sign Permits

Application & Documents

Sign Permit Application

Sign Bylaw No. 380, 1995

All signs within the Village of Pemberton must have a sign permit.

To apply for a sign permit, please refer to signage regulations as per Sign Bylaw No. 380, 1995 before filling out an Application for Sign Permit. 

Once completed, email, mail or deliver your original signed application to the Village office (admin@pemberton.ca). Your application will be reviewed by the Signage Inspector and you will be notified as to whether the application has been approved or if changes are needed. Applicants are advised to hold off ordering their sign from the manufacturer until they receive approval from the Signage Inspector. Under no circumstances should a sign be erected before the application receives approval. Signs erected without a permit will be subject to a fine of $100.00.

Fees are invoiced and payable upon approval, and permits are issued once payment has been received.

SIGN PERMIT FEES

Description Fee
General Permit $40
In addition to the $40 general fee, the following fees may apply...
for each sign involving structural design (freestanding, fascia or awning signs) $40
each front-lit or rear-lit sign $40
each sign encroaching over a street $40
for each sign which has been installed or erected prior to issuance of a permit required under this bylaw $100

Special Event Permit

Application & Documents

Special Event Permit Application

Special Event Permit Guidelines

Agency Contact Information Form

What is a Special Event Permit?

The Village of Pemberton recognizes the importance of Special Events in enhancing the quality of life, tourism, culture, recreation and education and in providing economic benefits to the local economy.

A Special Event Permit is a permit which grants, to a person(s), group or organization, permission to host an event which is either on Village of Pemberton property, or is expected to incur extraordinary costs to the Village. For further information, refer to Bylaw No. 750, 2014,

When is a Special Event Permit required?

A Special Events Permit is required to:

  • Assist with the planning of a special event
  • Ensure provision of adequate health, safety, sanitation and protective measures of persons attending the special events.
  • Notify the Village of Pemberton of events happening within the boundaries, avoiding an overlap of events.
  • Ensure community members have accessibility and availability to amenities within the Village
  • Confirm adequate amenities will be available for the Special Event and necessary requirements are met.

When do I need a Special Event Permit?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you will most likely require a Special Events Permit:

  • Is the event likely to be attended by more than three hundred (300) individuals or more per day?
  • Is it likely that the Village will be required to provide additional policing, highway and traffic control, water and other services, or deal with potential adverse impacts such as nuisance?
  • Will a fee be charged for attendance or is the Special event being held for the purpose of commercial profit or gain?

The following events most likely will not require a Permit:

  • Special Events held or sponsored by the Village;
  • Special Events held by Sea to Sky School District No. 48 & No. 93;
  • Special Events held outdoors that can facilitate the attendance of less than 300 people and applied for by a local business or a community or rate payer association incorporated under the Society Act and operating within the Village unless the event is a "Commercial Event";
  • Special Events facilitated by organizations or groups that hold a valid Parks & Public Space Use Permit issued by the CAO;

NOTE: The Village reserves the right to require a group or organization to obtain a Special Events Permit.

When do I apply?

To apply for a Special Events Permit, fill out and return a completed application form to the Village office a minimum of:

Minor Events:  at least sixty (60) days prior to any Site preparations for the Special Event;

Major Events:  at least one hundred and eighty (180) days prior to any Site preparations for the Special Event.

You may be contacted upon receipt of the application to complete any outstanding information prior to the start of the application process.

How do I apply?

If you are considering hosting an event in the Pemberton area, contact the Village office with the key details - what, when, where, and how many - and the Village will let you know if you need an approval. The Village will also let you know if you need permits related to your event, and can help you work through that process.

If you need to get an approval, gather all of the necessary information, complete the application, and submit it as soon as possible.

The Village will review the application and will contact you. You will be advised if more information is needed, or if the Village's partners need to review the event.

Wait for the reviews, if required, and provide any additional information needed. The more your event impacts the community and the more the special events office has to consult with other Village departments and outside partners, the more time and information you will need and the more you need to work with staff.

What are the requirements?

Requirements vary based on the size and type of the Special Event. For a complete list of requirements which may be requested, refer to the Special Events Guideline and Bylaw No. 750, 2014. Special Events Permit requirements include:

  • Completed Special Events application form
  • Written Approvals
  • Site and Emergency Plan
  • Event insurance
  • Application Fee
  • Refundable security deposit
  • Valid Village of Pemberton Business Licence

NOTE: Upon review of the application and depending on the type of event, the Village has the right to require additional amenities or services be provided or arranged for, prior to the Special Events Permit being issued.

If you are unsure if you require a Special Events Permit, or have any questions, please contact the Village office.

Serving alcohol?

For hosting events that serve alcohol, please refer to the Community Alcohol Policy Guidelines for best practices.

The Province is implementing a new online application process for the approval of liquor licences for small, low risk events. Offering online applications for Special Occasion Licences (SOLs) is expected to enhance public safety by providing officials with information in real-time about events happening in their communities.

A number of new policy changes and operating rules for SOLs are also being introduced:

  • New SOL frequency limits - up to three events per month, up to 24 total per year, per applicant;
  • Applicants will be required to obtain local government/First Nation approvals in advance for events on their lands or properties.  Applicants without the necessary approvals may have the licence cancelled by police or the LCLB;
  • Local governments and First Nations will be notified of all SOLs issued in their area.  They are encouraged to continue taking part in CAPE or Festival Committees, may impose conditions on SOLs under local bylaws;
  • Changes to SOL Maximum Price Schedule;
  • Police and liquor inspectors will undertake a review, based on the type of event and number of people attending; and,
  • Liquor inspectors will review and approve all SOLs where 500 or more people are attending and the security plan provided.

For more information, please visit:  UBCM, New Process for Approving Special Occasion Licences

Is there a fee?

Yes, there is a fee to obtain a Special Events Permit. The fee is based on the size of the event and participants attending the event. For more information on the Special Event Application Fee, refer to Bylaw No. 750, 2014.