Starting a business can be daunting, but there are plenty of agencies and resources available to help you navigate the waters. Your first port of call should be South Shore Opportunities CBDC, a Community Business Development Corporation office, located in Liverpool. South Shore Opportunities can guide you through the early stages and they are an excellent resource as you plan your business future. You can also consult with the agencies and organizations listed under Business Financing.

Opening or expanding a business can be complicated, and the Planning and Development Department staff can help you to navigate your way. Whether it is ensuring that the area you are opening is zoned correctly for your business, determining what is required in terms of permits and inspections, or arranging for a fire inspection, our staff can advise you.

BizPaL is an online service that walks you through the process of determining what permits and licenses are required for your business from all levels of government. Using an easy question and answer wizard, BizPaL produces a customized list of permits and licenses you will require. This is an excellent tool for those looking to open a business or for those already in operation and wanting to verify that all the correct documentation is in place. Simply answer all of the questions and BizPaL provides all the necessary information – saving you valuable time and possibly money. Complete the easy three step process below to find all your permit and licensing requirements.

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