Starting a Business

In advance of making an investment or detailed business plan, it is recommended that you ensure what you are proposing is in compliance with relevant CBRM bylaws. Staff of the Planning and Development Department can assist you with questions you may have. For more information, please visit the following webpages:


BizPaL Online Business Permits and Licences

BizPaL is a web-based service that allows business clients to easily generate a customized list of the permits and licences they require from three levels of government - local, provincial and federal. This service cuts document research time and helps entrepreneurs start up faster.

If you are already operating, BizPaL can help you verify that you have all the correct permits and licences.

This service is the result of collaboration between the Government of Canada and participating provincial and municipal governments.

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Development Support Program

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Commercial District Improvement bylaw allows property owners undertaking new commercial developments in certain areas of the Municipality to apply to have the increase in property taxes resulting from these new developments to be phased in over a period of five or ten years, depending the scale of the development.You may be eligible for the incentive if the location of your proposed development is within the geographic boundaries as defined in the by law.